Susan McBride, PBNI Business Support Manager, talking about how her team is supporting frontline staff deliver essential services during COVID 19

A Day in the Life – Delivering Support to Probation Staff during COVID-19

My name is Susan McBride and I am a Business Support Manager, in Probation’s Down & Ards team.  I also cover HMP Maghaberry, Hydebank Wood College and Belfast Community Service teams. The role of a Business Support Manager in probation, involves supporting all staff, whether that be help with systems, technical equipment, or addressing any … Continue reading A Day in the Life – Delivering Support to Probation Staff during COVID-19

Annie McAnallen, PBNI Learning and Development, talking about how she is delivering training to staff during COVID-19

A Day in the Life – Delivering Training to Probation Staff during COVID-19

Annie McAnallen is a Probation Officer who works within PBNI’s Learning and Development unit delivering continuous professional development to Probation staff In March it was all hands on deck to transform PBNI’s 10 day Induction programme into a new ‘lock-down friendly’ induction experience for almost 30 new probation officers due to start in June. I … Continue reading A Day in the Life – Delivering Training to Probation Staff during COVID-19

Paul Wiseman, Probation Officer in North Antrim team, talking about how he continues to deliver essential services during COVID 19

A Day in the Life – Delivering Rehabilitation in North Antrim during COVID-19

Paul Wiseman is a Probation Officer based in the North Antrim area. I supervise service users who are subject to court orders or on licence following release from custody.  I am responsible for writing court reports and taking action if people do not comply with court orders. PBNI moved very quickly when social distancing measures … Continue reading A Day in the Life – Delivering Rehabilitation in North Antrim during COVID-19

A Probation Officer interviewing someone under supervision during Covid 19

Probation Adapting Practice To Deliver Services To Keep People Safe

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland has been adapting its practice during COVID-19 to ensure that it is able to deliver essential services and continue its work rehabilitating and resettling people into communities. Director of Operations Hugh Hamill said: “Throughout Northern Ireland probation has streamlined our offices into six operational hubs where high risk individuals … Continue reading Probation Adapting Practice To Deliver Services To Keep People Safe

Mental Health - Probation staff including Psychologists are supporting people who suffer from poor mental health. We provide one to one interventions to deal with the issues they are facing especially at this stressful time.

A Day in the Life – Delivering Psychology Interventions during COVID-19

A Day in the Life of Sean McGoldrick, PBNI Psychologist. The COVID-19 lockdown has brought mental health and addictions into sharp focus.  The pandemic has increased stress, fear and anxiety and those who have poor mental health and who struggle with substance misuse can be particularly vulnerable.   That is why the PBNI Psychology team has … Continue reading A Day in the Life – Delivering Psychology Interventions during COVID-19

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A Day in the Life – Working with high risk offenders to protect the public during COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic and current lock down has changed the way Probation works almost overnight.  Yet throughout this period, probation and partner agencies have prioritised public protection and continued to deliver vital services to help keep the public safe. Paul Thompson is the Manager of Probation’s Public Protection Team. I am the manager of the … Continue reading A Day in the Life – Working with high risk offenders to protect the public during COVID-19

Delivering Probation services in a rural area during COVID-19

  Working in a rural area in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic has its own distinct challenges. Yet staff in probation rural teams have been working hard to find creative solutions to overcome the isolation and deliver essential services. A/Area Manager in North Antrim Denise Stewart writes: “An important element of my work is … Continue reading Delivering Probation services in a rural area during COVID-19

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PBNI response to COVID-19 Pandemic

In March 2020 the work of probation in Northern Ireland changed beyond recognition. Coronavirus poses the biggest threat any of us have ever seen in our lifetime. In response to the pandemic and the unprecedented restrictions imposed by the UK Government and NI Executive , the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) made very significant … Continue reading PBNI response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Steven McCourt, Department of Justice; Jim Dennison, CEO of Simon Community; Liz Arthur Assistant Director PBNI; Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary, Department for Communities; Sean Holland, Chief Social Worker Department of Health; and Alastair Ross.

Probation: Link between Homelessness & Offending

Delegates from Government and the voluntary and community sector heard today that there is a direct link between homelessness and offending behaviour and tackling this issue requires a cross cutting partnership response. The Probation Board for Northern Ireland held a lunchtime seminar in Clifton House to highlight the impact of homelessness on reoffending. Speaking at … Continue reading Probation: Link between Homelessness & Offending

Vivian Geiran, Irish Probation Service Director; Dr Geraldine O'Hare, PBNI Director of Rehabilitation; Cheryl Lamont PBNI Chief Executive; Supt Ryan Henderson, PSNI; and Paul Doran, NIPS Director of Rehabilitation at the Public Protection Advisory Group 2019 conference. The conference focused on Effective trauma informed public protection

Public Protection Advisory Group Holds Conference In Belfast

Members of the Probation Services, Prison Services, Police Services and Justice Departments in Ireland and Northern Ireland came together on 29 November in Belfast to reiterate their support for partnership working to assist public protection throughout the island of Ireland. The event was hosted jointly by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and the Irish … Continue reading Public Protection Advisory Group Holds Conference In Belfast