Practical information & advice
Read our latest information and advice posts about probation
Here you’ll find links to various parts of this site where we have information and useful resources relating to probation.
Being supervised by probation can be difficult. If possible, try to build a positive relationship with your probation officer. If they feel you are being open and honest with them, they may be more prepared to see you less often and be less restrictive. Useful links include:
- Understanding your community order [Web page]
- Understanding your licence conditions [Web page]
- Getting the help of a mentor [Web page]
- Help with resettlement services [Web page]
- Those on MAPPA [Web page]
- Getting a copy of your probation records [Web page]
- Supervison in the community (after release from prison and on probation or community order [Web page]
There is no standard policy governing changing probation officer so ask to see the protocol in place in your area. Any requests to change probation area will need to be put in writing. Useful links include:
Try to rectify the situation with the person concerned by arranging a face to face meeting. If nothing can be resolved, then you will need to make a formal complaint through your probation office’s complaints procedure. Find a useful link at:
- Complaints about Probation [Web page]
Here you’ll find some of the common advice we give on probation. This is based on what we’ve learnt as a charity, as well as the real-life experiences of people with convictions.
- Life is a difficult balance when you’re on Probation and/or on licence. Particularly on licence, the potential for recall always hangs over you.
- As far as is possible, the people that tend to get on best are those who manage to develop positive relationships with their probation officer.
Frequently asked questions
Here you’ll find some specific questions that we regularly get about probation and the answers we generally provide. More detailed FAQ’s may be included in the information pages above.
Here you’ll find links to useful organisations and websites related to probation that we refer to in our information and advice. Contact details for the organisations listed below can be found here.
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