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Helping prisoners turn their lives around: the vital role specialist production instructors play

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Life inside a prison is about so much more than prisoners moving between their cells and communal areas, and prison officers locking and unlocking doors. There are a whole range of activities underway to help inmates prepare for their release …

“People are often at their lowest when we see them in prison. As probation officers, we can help by giving them the tools to change.”

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Probation officers don’t only work in the community – they also play a key role in courts and prisons. Adam tells us how his Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) training led to him working at HMP Lincoln, and what his …

"I helped a service user escape a situation of modern-day slavery": Harvey's experiences as a probation officer

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Harvey Clarke, a probation officer based in Coventry, spoke to us about his experience on the probation officer trainee programme (PQiP), the best bits of his role and what it’s been like working during the pandemic. What was your route …