Programme and Interventions Overview

PBNI have delivered offending behavior interventions since the early 1990’s and continue to develop interventions that deliver best practice to challenge offending behaviour & reduce offending. The interventions are aimed at managing offender’s behaviour, reducing the numbers of victims and to contribute to public protection. Each intervention teaches new methods of self-management based on current research & evaluation which adhere to both national and international best practice.

PBNI have a number of accredited interventions which involves rigorous assessment by a panel of independent international experts (academics and practitioners) in their relevant specialist field.

PBNI interventions follow the most established models of change, namely those concerning Risk, Need and Responsivity. All interventions are designed to be responsive to groups and each individual participant’s needs.  Following these principles is key to the delivery of high quality, effective programmes that reduce reoffending.

Interventions delivered within PBNI take many forms.  They are delivered in both one to one and group work settings.  PBNI programmes are designed to address aspects of an individual’s personality, attitudes and behaviours that are linked to offending behaviours.  These factors not only contribute to offending, but are often the underlying reasons for difficulties in many other areas of their lives. The interventions give the individual the opportunity to make positive changes and ultimately reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Offender Behaviour Programmes

PBNI currently deliver a range of accredited and approved interventions including –

Sexual Offending:  The suit of interventions for sexual offending includes the NOMS accredited core sex offender group work programme, (Induction, Better Lives Relapse Prevention and Long Term ), the Internet Sexual Offending Programme  and the adapted one to one intervention.

Violence: The suit of interventions for violent offending includes the NOMS accredited domestic abuse Building Better Lives Programme (BBR) and RESOLVE targeted at medium to high risk of general violence.  PBNI also deliver the Cognitive Self Change Programme targeted at high risk instrumental violence.

General Offending: The general offending interventions include the NOMS accredited thinking skills programme.  This programme targets a wide range of offending behaviours and is open to both male and female offenders (over 18 years of age).

One to One Interventions

A range of 1:1 interventions have been developed to target the specific needs for individuals who are deemed appropriate for group work

This range of 1:1 interventions have been designed by both Psychology and Programme staff to respond to these client needs and to assist Probation Officers in their supervision and management of clients. These include Victim Awareness, Hate crime-Accepting Differences, Safer Lives, Respectful Relationships Intervention, Alcohol Brief Intervention, Substance Misuse, Anger Management, Problem Solving, and Motivational Enhancement. 

Accepting Differences: The Diversity and Awareness Pack Within a Northern Ireland Context 

Hate Crime legislation came in to effect in Northern Ireland in September 2004 with the Criminal Justice No.2 (NI) Order. Since then, sentencing is required to take into account when an offence is prompted or aggravated by the victim’s religion, race, sexual orientation or a disability.  As such, all statutory agencies must comply with action to develop an intervention to address Hate Crime.

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) recognises that hate crime is a serious problem which has a devastating impact on victims and their families.  The Hate Crime Policy and supporting procedures are intended to provide staff with clear guidance in dealing with both the perpetrators of such offences, as well as victims and potential victims. PBNI recognise that we are working in an increasingly diverse society and that understanding, valuing and respecting different cultures is essential to the delivery of effective and responsive interventions.

PBNI is committed to dealing effectively with hate crime through purposeful assessment at the pre-sentence stage, as well as facilitating evidence based intervention during supervision.  To this end, PBNI has developed the Accepting Differences Intervention.

The structure and content of the intervention was  finalised in May 2015 in advance of the launch of the pilot in June 2015.  The pilot phase will run for nine months with a completion date of March 2016.  A Practitioners’ Forum has also been convened and will meet regularly to support the effective implementation of this significant new intervention.  

Promoting Positive Relationship Programme

In July 2014 PBNI were awarded funding by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health to develop an intervention programme to address Domestic Abuse for alleged perpetrators.

“Promoting Positive Relationships Programme” (PPRP) is an innovative programme designed for adult males, who have demonstrated the potential to be abusive in intimate partner relationships and whose children are assessed at risk by Social Services.

The underlying strategy relating to the intervention is “Tackling Violence at Home” – a strategy for addressing domestic violence and abuse in Northern Ireland and includes the aim to hold perpetrators/abusers accountable and provide effective interventions for their behaviour.

The principal aims of PPRP are to ensure the safety of women and children and to prevent further abusive behaviour. It promotes and requires interagency working and central to this are 6 weekly practitioners meeting, where all agencies involved with the family meet to discuss risk issues and progress on PPRP. The programme is delivered over 30 sessions, with each session 2 hours in duration and includes the essential component of the Woman’s Safety Worker who supports the partner/former partner of the programme participant.

PPRP has been delivered to clients within each of the five Health and Social Care Trusts and had provided support to partners and ex –partners and children.

For more detailed information on Programmes and Individual Interventions please download the Guide below:

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Guide to Group Work Programmes & Individual Interventions (PDF)





For further information on all PBNI programmes please contact:

Dr Geraldine O’Hare
Head of Psychology Services and Interventions
80/90 North Street

Telephone: (028) 9026 2400.

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