Probation Knowledge Bank

Below you will find a number of articles you may find interesting to read. The Probation Knowledge Bank will continue to grow and we will update our social media channels to highlight updates. Go to our Social Media section to read more about our our social media channels.


McGreevy, G. (2020) “Reflections on a Pandemic: How COVID-19 impacted upon probation practice in Northern Ireland“, Belfast: PBNI
Probation staff work to rehabilitate and resettle individuals by addressing their offending behaviour and facilitating a process of change.   Social work values are fundamental to that work. The article sets out how PBNI has continued to adhere to Social Work values while adapting practice to comply with COVID-19 Government guidelines and restrictions and keep people safe.

Keywords: COVID-19, Social Work, Probation, high-risk offenders, prisons, courts, community service, psychology, victims.


Probation Hold Tackling Domestic Abuse Online Event at Insights22 Festival

On Thursday 12th May, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland were delighted to host an online seminar “Tackling Domestic Abuse: The Experience in Northern Ireland and Lessons from the Pandemic“.

The event was recorded and can be watched. There are also the presentations which are available to be downloaded.


NIHE Report: Challenges of Move-on Accommodation for Housing Applicants subject to PPANI

This report was commissioned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to explore the accommodation challenges housing applicants subject to PPANI (Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland) encounter, within the Northern Ireland social housing system


Problem-solving courts: A guide to practice in the United Kingdom

The Centre for Justice Innovation produced a guide providing an overview of problem-solving court practice throughout the United Kingdom for practitioners and policymakers working in or seeking to develop problem-solving courts.

Probation's Substance Misuse Court initiative is highlighted in the publication as a case study. You can find their publication "Problem-solving courts: A guide to practice in the United Kingdom" on their website.


The Development of PBNI Standards of Practice

A short article examining the process Probation went through in the early 2000s to design Standards of Practice. 


Desistance and Probation Practice

A powerpoint Presentation (with optional PDF version) by Peter Beck, Probation Officer


Probation Matters Podcasts

Listen to our collection of Podcasts on different subjects within the Probation sector.


You can also search through all our publications for more research material