I feel like the role of a probation officer is often misunderstood and we don't get much exposure (good anyway!) in news/TV so...ask me anything!
Seryse · 02/08/2023 15:11
@webster1987 What's the hardest part of you job for you personally? (Apologies for jumping straight in with the big guns, but irs asomething I've always wondered and don't know any probation officers personally- thank you for posting this and giving the opportunity)
Mischance · 02/08/2023 18:14
I have a young close relative who is in prison - he has autism, mental health problems, brain injury and other problems that landed him in there. He should not be there at all - he should have had proper services for his problems in the past but it was like knocking your head against a brick wall.
He was allowed out on licence with probation conditions. What did the PO do? - absolutely bugger all! He was entirely incapable of living an independent life and needed masses of support, none of which was forthcoming. Absolutely nothing. He finished up back in prison for missing probation appointments, when he does not have the mental capacity to organise transport, remember to go etc. etc. A total Catch 22. Mad - completely mad.
Do you have any observations?
GoodChat · 02/08/2023 15:59
Do you just monitor the people you work with (sorry I don't know what you refer to them as) or do you accompany them to job interviews and assist with benefits etc?
You said some have been quite aggressive - what happens then? Does that qualify as a parole breach?
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