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Day in the life of a Probation Officer

Martin LarbeyA day in the life of a Probation Officer – Martin Larbey

 

Background

I qualified mid 2012, after coming to probation as an administrator in both probation offices and Crown Courts.  I started my working life in the banking sector and I was looking for a change.  My degree is in criminology, so this is an area I’ve always wanted to work in – so training to be a probation office was a natural progression.  I love it.  No two days are ever the same and I love the daily challenges my job presents.

 

Morning

Typing up a letter

My day begins at 7.45am when I arrive in the office and sit down and check my emails and catch up on anything that comes in overnight.  Depending upon whether anything is urgent, I may have to reorganise my day.

Around 8.30am I wrote a letter of recommendation for a client that finished their suspended sentence, who wanted to get their licence back early following completion of a Drink Impaired Drivers programme.

At 9.30am I get up from desk and grab a coffee and then get on with writing reports until 11am, when I have my first appointment.  As a morning person, I find this to be my most productive time of the day.

I see three to four people per day from Tuesday to Thursday.  The appointments last around 30 minutes, unless a client wants to talk through problems.

Probation Officer with a service user

Generally clients have appointment weekly, bi weekly or monthly depending upon close supervision they require.  I keep Fridays and Mondays as clear as I can so I can write these up.  In between my appointments I write up meeting notes on the computer system.

Somewhere between 12pm and 2pm, I grab lunch and eat it at my desk.

 

Afternoon

At 2pm, I meet a client to go shopping.  He has been in a hostel for a long time, and has recently been given housing by his local authority.  The Sherriff and Recorders Fund at the Old Bailey gave him a grant of £100, to go towards household items – so it is my job to keep hold of the money until he has purchased what he needed.  We went shopping for a microwave and kettle.  It was a good chance to catch up in an informal setting.
Probation Officer talking on the phone

For the rest of the day I finish reports, complete OASys reviews, reply to emails, return phone calls and check my diary to make sure I am prepared for the next day.

 

Rewarding

I love the responsibility of being a Probation Officer.  I’m glad I retrained.  I wanted something to test my brain, and although the job can be daunting at times, I love the feeling of helping people move their lives in the right direction.”

Related Information

 

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