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What’s it like working in the prison and probation service?

Working in prison and probation services means working in a critical role which can be hugely rewarding. If you have empathy, want to help people, and work well in a team, there could be a job for you.

Prison jobs

Whether you’re a Prison Officer or an Operational Support Grade (OSG), no two days working in a prison are the same. Prison Officers are negotiators, educators and life changers. OSGs are team players and integral to the smooth running of the prisons. Whatever your position you’ll be a role model, working in a supportive environment to help genuinely make a difference to people’s lives. Watch this video to find out more.

Probation jobs

Probation Officers and Probation Services Officers work with around 30,000 offenders a year to support their rehabilitation. They have an important role to play – helping protect communities by supporting people to get back on track and make better life choices. Hear from Probation Officers about why they chose to join the service (external website).

For more information about prison and probation roles visit HM Prison & Probation Service (external website).

In some jobs, you’ll need to pass a DBS check (external website). Learn more about the DBS process with this video guide (external website).