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Probation Service Officers (PSO)

Employer:Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company 

Reference:n/a 

Published:Wed 15/06/2011 16:00 PM 

Closing date:Mon 04/07/2011 12:00 PM 

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Community Rehabilitation Companyweb sitelogo image
  • East Sussex, South East
  • Surrey, South East

Working pattern:Full Time, Contract, Temporary position 

Hours:fixed-term contract 

Salary:£21,179 – £26,052 

DBS check:No

Location:GU7 1JB 

Opportunities to train as a qualified probation officer

Under new arrangements for training, we are now able to offer opportunities to train to become a qualified probation officer with Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust.

SSPT is seeking to recruit graduates with a relevant degree to commence employment as a Probation Service Officer in October 2011 and to commence Probation Officer training on the Graduate Diploma in April 2012, with a view to qualifying by July 2013. Employment is offered on a fixed-term basis and those successfully completing the training will be offered the opportunity to apply for a permanent post as a Probation Officer

Those holding a relevant degree undertaken in the last 5 years can apply for the Graduate Diploma in Community Justice with a level 5 vocational qualification in Probation Practice. Applications for the Graduate Diploma are invited from those holding a good Honours degree in one of the following:

  • Criminology;
  • Community Justice;
  • Criminal Justice;
  • Police Studies; or alternatively
  • a combined Honours degree where at least 50% of the degree is in one of the four identified titles above, and the combined element is in Social Science or Law, will also be accepted as relevant.

Successful applicants will be placed in an Offender Management Team and will be inducted into the PSO role to initially hold a caseload of low-risk offenders. The training will build on the role of PSO and will entail all aspects of Probation Officer work including the preparation of court reports and managing medium-risk cases.Opportunities to co-work higher-risk cases with experienced colleagues will be available.

The training will involve working collaboratively with a range of agencies and, in particular, the police, ensuring effective exchange of information and accurately maintained information and case recording systems. This is an opportunity with plenty of challenge and scope for those who want to train to become a Probation Officer.

Detailed guidance on the qualification routes and the timescales involved are contained in the application guidance.

Closing date: 4th July at 12 noon

Assessment Centres: 15th , 18th, 19th or 20th July 2011

Interviews: 29th July, 1st , 2nd, 3rd or 8th August 2011

Appointment Date: 1st October 2011

Equal Opportunities

Working towards equal opportunities. Applications from ethnic minorities and disabled people are particularly welcome.