Guernsey Probation Service
Probation Officers prepare reports in criminal cases, advising the courts on offending behaviour, public protection and risk management. They also prepare reports for the Parole Review Committee advising on release plans for those eligible for parole. The Guernsey Probation Service manages offenders subject to supervision in the community in order to reduce the risk of further offending behaviour. The Service also manages and implements the Offender Management Strategy within the Guernsey Prison, and the Community Service Scheme, which provides for the courts to impose unpaid work in the community as an alternative to a custodial sentence. Probation Officers supervise offenders on release from custody, including serious violent and sex offenders under Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements.
The priorities for the Probation Service are to:
- Protect the public
- Reduce re-offending
- Ensure offenders' awareness of the effects of crime on victims of crime and the public
- Rehabilitation of offenders
The Probation Service aims to do this by:
- Providing the courts with quality information and assessment on offenders to assist in sentencing decisions
- Supervising offenders in order to reduce crime and so protect the public
- Preparing prisoners for release and resettlement in the community.
Offender Programmes and Treatment Orders
The role of the Probation Officer is to work with the offender in order to reduce reoffending, thus preventing future victims. Evidence indicates that the relationship between an offender and their Probation Officer is an important factor in successful rehabilitation. The Probation Officer who does the initial assessment of the offender in the Court Report will generally continue to supervise the offender throughout any sentence, either in the community or in prison.
The Probation Officer will assess the offender and oversee a plan to make sure they receive the interventions that will have the greatest impact on changing their behaviour and improving public safety. The offender's motivation to change is critical and Probation Officers employ a great deal of motivational work with offenders. There is now good evidence about the interventions which can give offenders the best chance of changing their lives. All the programmes we use are designed to make offenders confront and acknowledge the damage their behaviour does, and then learn how to change the patterns which have often grown up over many years to become problematic. The programmes are delivered either one to one or in a group depending on demand at any one time.
We work in partnership with Drug Concern and GADAC who provide Criminal Justice Drug and Alcohol workers to work alongside the supervising Probation Officers on tackling substance misuse issues. These two workers, and the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator, are based at the Probation office and are very much members of the team. The Community Service Team also operates from the Probation office to ensure integrated management of offenders and sentences.
Details of the Offender Programmes can be found under the links to the left of this page.
Document downloadsProbation Order 2011 Probation Order Information Leaflet Social Enquiry Report 2011 Information about Social Enquiry Reports Social Enquiry Report - Latvian 2011 Latvian version Social Enquiry Report information Social Enquiry Report - Portuguese 2011 Portuguese version Social Enquiry Report Suspended Sentence Supervision Order 2011 Information on Suspended Sentence Supervision Orders
Guernsey Probation ServiceGuernsey Probation Service, The Market Buildings, Fountain Street, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1BX, Channel Islands
Tel: +44 1481 724337 Fax: +44 1481 710545