The Probation Service protects the public and create safer communities by helping offenders to desist from committing more crime. We have a strong record of reducing re-offending, managing offenders safely in the community, reintegrating prisoners after release and of providing an effective, efficient and value for money service. We have many success stories of offenders whom we have helped reintegrate into society, as well as statistics that show what we do works.
Mark is responsible as Director for the overall delivery of services to help protect the public, improve community safety, and to support offenders, referred by the Courts and on release from custody, to integrate in society. Mark has overall responsibility for the provision of probation supervision, community service, anti- offending behaviour programmes and related specialist support to both adult and young offenders, which aim to prevent them committing further offences.
A qualified social worker, Mark Wilson has previously held positions in the Irish Prison Service (as Deputy Director of Operations) and in the Probation Service. During his earlier periods in the Probation Service, he contributed to the setting up of both the Sex Offender Risk Assessment and Management (SORAM) and the Joint Agency Response to Crime (JARC) models of joint offender management. Most recently he has served as a Principal Officer in the Department of Justice and Equality International Protection Accommodation Service.
Ita is responsible for the human resource function, health and safety, estate and facilities, financial management of the Service, and governance of the service network of Community based organisations.
Una has responsibility for service delivery nationally which includes assessments for Court, implementation of court orders for probation supervision and community service to prison based services and services to victims. She has oversight of interagency arrangements including JARC and SORAM.
Ailish leads on the areas of Learning and professional Development, Business planning, Statistics and Research. Her responsibilities also include Internal and external communications , Data Protection and Information management.
The Probation Service Organisational Structure