Probation services practitioner (level 3)
Working with offenders to make communities safer
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 18 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Protective services
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Undertake assessment of risk of re-offending, considering the needs and strengths of service users.
- Continuously gather information and review progress of risk and sentence plans throughout the sentence. Respond to changes in the risk of re-offending and harm posed in line with guidance and make adjustments as necessary.
- Record, conclude and present assessments both written and orally, in a range of settings, in the required time-frame in accordance with organisational requirements
- Use assessment information, resources of other agencies and available interventions to devise risk and sentence plans in collaboration with the service user
- Make enforcement decisions around service users’ absences and behaviour.
- Integrate professional values into practice and maintain professional boundaries, adapting approach to individual needs to effectively deal with a range of challenging behaviour.
- Support service users, providing information, advice and resources to enable them to benefit from rehabilitation and resettlement activities.
- Make referrals to and deliver interventions. Encourage service users to reflect on their participation and progress on their sentence activities.
- Engage, motivate, collaborate with and support service users to explore the effects of their behaviour on themselves and others to achieve a positive change in behaviour and reduce the risk of harm and re-offending.
- Make safeguarding checks and use information within assessments when there are safeguarding concerns. Liaise with appropriate agencies and contribute towards plans around vulnerable adults, provide multi-agency reports when required.
- Identify and challenge behaviours that do not promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Develop own knowledge, skills and competence, respond to feedback and identify improvements to practice.
- Manage own caseload, attend partnership meetings, share assessments and maintain contact with other agencies and intervention partners, as required and in order to oversee the case effectively and meet objectives.
- Contribute to regular team meetings and case discussion meetings.
- Use a range of digital tools to record case, risk and sentence assessments.
- Maintain records securely in line with data protection and security of information and use information to support delivery of services.
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