This Is Not What I Signed Up For!

I qualified as a probation officer a few years ago and when I joined the service I thought that it was going to be about working with people.  Now it feels as if my job is 90% sitting in front of a computer and only 10% face-to-face contact.  All we seem to worry about is meeting targets, ticking boxes and covering our backs.  Nobody seems to care what I do with my clients in the interview room as long as I complete my review on time.  The Service seems to be managed by administrators who get so tied up in bureacracy that even a simple job becomes a complicated process. 

I worked hard to qualify and was really excited about the prospect of working with people and motivating them to make real changes in their lives.  I still enjoy the face-to-face work with offenders but I am gradually sinking under an ever-increasing caseload.  Will things every change?

LizzieBeth LizzieBeth
46-50
11 Responses Feb 17, 2009

I have a question for a probation officer if there are any still checking this blog

I have a license breach question, can anybody help?

I have a license breach question, can anybody help?

I have a license breach question, can anybody help?

I have a license breach question, can anybody help?

I have a license breach question, can anybody help?

I could have written your post. I spent 9 years in the UK Probation Service and it changed me as a person. I now suffer from anxiety and depression as a direct result of the stress I experienced there. At the worst point I signed off sick for a week (and that stressed me out more). The doctor said I was suffering from PTSD (!). I've now been out of it for 2 years and i'm still not ok. My advice is to get out ASAP and pray it hasn't wrecked your heath for life

I just accepted a position as a juvenile probation officer and my hopes are to reach the kids too...however i am reading more and more about the bureaucracy this position entails. I am still going to commit myself to being that bridge that brings them from 'criminal' to 'active citizen in society'. I suppose every career has its down sides, and I am hoping that I dont get emotionally buried in the bullsh*t, I realize I need to keep in mind that I am here for them and I need to do my best to remember that. Wish me luck, folks.

I understand having a large caseload. It is hard to facilitate a successful probation term for those who are really making an effort when there is so much paperwork. My caseload is very large and I feel the sinking feeling, too.

I was an MP for a while and diddnt really give a **** about anything except rape and pedo's.<br />
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all I did was drive around in the cruiser, park it somewhere and go on wifi.<br />
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I hated all my srs bizniz co-workers...who by the way, sucked when it shifted from busting teenagers for smoking pot to leading a convoy though IED infested roads with RPG armed muj shooting at us from windows.

Dang I wish you were my husband's parole officer because i have never met a parole officer that actually cared about the person on parole. Like you said all ive seen them do is cover their own *** no matter how it affects my husband and his family. He has been in since sept. and gets out july all because we were together with our kids at a homeless shelter but a judge put a no contact order for him to not be around me and i got it taken off and the judge approved but, when i showed the parole officer proof she didn't care she still kept it a condition of his parole so when he went to check in not knowing the homeless shelter had told his parole officer we were all there together they took him in. He had two different male parole officers before that seemed out to get him and one was even jealous that he could find a lady (me this was when we first met) being on parole and he was just a total jackass and obviously jealous cause of the comments he always made asking me if i really want to be with him etc.... he didn't even know me or my husband for that matter all he knows about him really is his record.