Service user information
Working with you
Probation means you are serving a sentence but you're not in prison. While on probation, you may have to:
- have regular meetings with your probation worker
- do unpaid work called 'Community Payback'
- attend a programme involving group work where you'll learn new skills to help you change and manage your behaviour
- complete an education or training course
- take part in a 'restorative justice' conference where you'll meet your victim to talk about the crime
- get treatment for problems such as drug or alcohol dependency
- be tested for possible drug use
If you are given a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order
If you are sentenced by a court to a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order, you will be seen in court by a Court Probation Officer who will explain the terms of your sentence. Don't leave court without contacting the Court Probation Officer.
The Court Probation Officer will arrange your first appointment with one of our probation workers and will tell you where to report to. You must keep this appointment or you risk being re-arrested and returned to court. At the first meeting you and your probation worker will agree an action plan, known as a sentence plan, for you to follow.
If you are being released from prison
If you commit a crime on or after 1 February 2015, you will get a minimum of 12 months supervision after release.
How we can support you
We will help you to complete your sentence and we can offer other support and advice to help you:
- stop offending
- get a job or access training and education (including basic English and Maths)
- sort out debts and benefits
- overcome drug or alcohol problems
- sort out problems with your accommodation
- plan your future
We will do what we can to support you but it's important that you make the effort yourself. You should:
- turn up for appointments on time
- follow the requirements of your sentence plan such as attending a behaviour programme or carrying out unpaid work
- arrive with a clear head, not under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- actively take part in meetings
- stop offending
- get our permission if you want to move home
- tell us if you plan to change your phone number
- treat our staff and other people you meet with respect
- tell us if you're having problems with any part of your sentence plan