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Probation officer career progression

Joining HMPPS as a probation officer gives you a range of opportunities for your career.

You’ll be able to develop in your role, specialise, or advance through positions once you’ve gained the necessary skills and experience.

You could specialise in a particular area of probation work, such as working with sex offenders or working in court.

After you’ve gained enough experience, you can apply for promotion to the role of senior probation officer.

Senior probation officers manage a team of probation officers and are responsible for their performance. You’ll also be involved in risk management, meeting targets, and working with other agencies such as the police and prison service.