With Other Jurisdictions and International Bodies
We work closely with probation services and related organisations in other jurisdictions, especially with our nearest neighbours. We have also developed working relations with many others, further afield, but facing similar issues to ourselves, where we can derive mutual learning and development, as well as increasing operational co-operation. Examples of those with whom we have close working relations include:
We have with worked closely with our colleagues in the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (www.pbni.org.uk) over many years. This link has been strengthened further in recent years. One of the key elements of the Criminal Justice Review in Northern Ireland (2000) was the promotion of improved cross-border co-operation between the two governments and criminal justice agencies. This was brought further by the signing of the Agreement on Co-operation on Criminal Justice Matters between the two governments in July 2005. This agreement allows for joint ministerial meetings to discuss criminal justice matters and also establishes a working group of officials to take forward the recommendations of the Criminal Justice Review. The initial workplan for 2005-2006 identifies crime reduction through offender management as a priority.
The Probation and Welfare Service and the Probation Board for Northern Ireland have developed a number of specific joint initiatives over recent years, aimed at improving cross-border co-operation in criminal justice. These initiatives include the PROTECT North and South Project and the Irish Probation Journal.
The Probation Service and the Probation Board for Northern Ireland senior management teams, joint plenary meeting in Belfast on 2-3 March 2006.
The Probation Service is a long standing member of the CEP (Conférence Permanente Européenne de la Probation). The CEP is a Europe wide organisation of Probation and related services committed to social inclusion and community safety through effective community sanctions and integration of offenders. Gerry McNally, Assistant Director is currently a member of the Board of CEP.
Council of Europe and United Nations
We comply with guidelines developed by the Council of Europe and the United Nations in the management of community sanctions and in our work in Courts, Prisons and communities. The Service also participates in consultations by Council of Europe and the United Nations representatives, committees and sub committees. United Nations and Council of Europe resolutions, recommendations and articles are available on our Publication page.
Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas
The Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) is a voluntary organisation funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and other contributors. It provides links and supports for Irish prisoners in custody abroad and their families. We liaise with the ICPO in its work where appropriate.