A Probation order can be imposed by the Court if someone is convicted of an offence which was committed before 1 February 2011. Probation is supervised by a social worker and focuses changing the behaviour or attitude that contributed to them getting into trouble. This can be done individually or in groups.
The Court decides how long the order will last and it can be from six months to three years. Every Probation Order has standard conditions which are that the probationer must:
- not commit any offences during the period of the order
- attend all appointments with their supervising officer.
- tell their supervising officer if they move, even for a short time or change their job
Other conditions can also be added by the Court. The most common is Community Service but could also be to attend alcohol or drug counselling or to get psychiatric help.
Failure to keep to the conditions of a Probation Order results in a Breach of Probation being submitted to the Court by the supervising officer and, if the Breach is proved, the Court has the option of sentencing the person for the original offence as well as the new breach offence.
If the Probation Order is carried out and the probationer successfully completes all the work asked of them, the supervising officer can apply to the Court for early discharge of the Probation Order.
If you want more information please contact Social Work Resources on 0303 123 1008.