Message from the Director
The Probation Service implements court orders and helps to create a safer and fairer Ireland by working with offenders to reduce reoffending.
For the Probation Service, positive change, particularly in offender behaviour, has always been central to what we do. Being agents of positive change in this way, means working collaboratively with offenders, their families, communities and with victims of crime, as well as with all our partner organisations, to create enduring desistance from offending and to reduce victimisation.
The Probation Service is a forward facing organisation with a proud record and a hugely talented and committed staff who care deeply about their vital role. It is critical that the Service continues to design, organise and deliver our services to exacting and accountable standards, employing methods and interventions that are proven to be effective.
Ultimately, achieving positive change in the behaviour of offenders is our core benchmark of success. Our own and international experience shows that real change in behaviour is far more likely to come about when we build positive professional relationships with offenders. That is the cornerstone of our work.
I am committed to ensuring that we continue to manage supervised sanctions effectively and work towards enabling offenders to be restored to full citizenship. We do this through professional, evidence-led probation work methods that hold offenders to account, make good the harm caused by crime and create lasting, positive change.