“Life worth living after Probation” – A Service Users Perspective

Claire Houston, Probation Officer, has been supervising a Service User sentenced to a Custodial Sentence of 3 years 6 months and a further 3 years 6 months on Licence. He had weekly supervision due to his chaotic lifestyle with issues centred mainly around drug/alcohol misuse and poor mental health which were triggers for his offending. … Continue reading “Life worth living after Probation” – A Service Users Perspective

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Alcohol Awareness NI Week

This week is Alcohol Awareness NI Week 2021. It gives us all an opportunity to take a closer look at our drinking habits. Assistant Director for Programmes and Interventions, Jill Grant states: “We have found that one of the biggest influences on whether someone will reoffend is their misuse of drugs & alcohol. Tackling this … Continue reading Alcohol Awareness NI Week

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Social Distancing Device Helps Us Deliver Community Service

PBNI has been continuing to deliver services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important elements of our work is supervising community service orders. People subject to these orders have an opportunity to give back to their local communities by carrying out unpaid work. Niall McEvoy, Assistant Director for Rural, said: “Throughout the last … Continue reading Social Distancing Device Helps Us Deliver Community Service

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A Day in the Life – Of a Probation Services Officer

Joanne McMullan is a Community Service Probation Service Officer with the North Antrim team based in the PBNI Ballymena office covering Ballymena, Antrim and Larne. I have been a Community Service Probation Service Officer for the past three years, and before that I worked in Programmes for almost thirteen years. I decided on a career … Continue reading A Day in the Life – Of a Probation Services Officer

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Probation Board Publishes Guide to Programmes and Interventions

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland has published its “Guide to Group Work Programmes & Individual Interventions” which sets out the range of programmes and interventions Probation use to facilitate personal change to reduce reoffending. The guide sets out group work programmes and individual interventions that are designed to address the service user’s attitudes and … Continue reading Probation Board Publishes Guide to Programmes and Interventions

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