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What’s it like working in the prison and probation service?

Working in prison and probation services means working in a critical role which can be hugely rewarding. If you have empathy, want to help people, and work well in a team, there could be a job for you.

Prison jobs

Whether you’re a Prison Officer or an Operational Support Grade (OSG), no two days working in a prison are the same. Prison Officers are negotiators, educators and life changers. OSGs are team players and integral to the smooth running of the prisons. Whatever your position you’ll be a role model, working in a supportive environment to help genuinely make a difference to people’s lives. Watch this video to find out more.

Find prison jobs near you (external website) on the HM Prison & Probation Service website.

Probation jobs

Probation Officers and Probation Services Officers work with around 30,000 offenders a year to support their rehabilitation. They have an important role to play – helping protect communities by supporting people to get back on track and make better life choices.

Register your interest now to train to be a probation officer (external website) on the HM Prison & Probation Service website.

From prison caterers, to youth justice workers, there are plenty of other roles within HM Prison & Probation Service. Find out more on the HMP Prison & Probation Service (external website).

Visit the National Careers Service for detailed career profiles (external website) and discover what each job involves.

In some jobs, you will need to pass a DBS check. For more information visit the (external website). Learn more about the DBS process with this guide on YouTube (external website).