The work of the Probation and Welfare Service has its primary focus on public safety. While offenders must be held accountable for their actions, and crime must be met by an effective sanction, community sanctions are preferable to custodial ones, wherever possible.
We provide professional assessments (including assessments of risk) on offenders for a range of authorities, including the Courts, the Irish Prison Service and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.
We also engage with offenders, their families and others to facilitate positive change in offenders’ lives and to reduce offending and make communities safer.
The Probation and Welfare Service undertakes pre-sanction assessments and reports on offenders for the criminal courts, where requested by the trial judge. We supervise offenders on community sanctions (generally probation or community service). On any day, the Service is supervising and/or assessing up to 6,000 offenders – both adults and young people - in the community. Those under our supervision in the community are on either:
a) Probation Supervision;
b) Community Service Orders;
c) court-ordered Post-Release Supervision Orders as sex offenders;
d) Conditionally suspended sentences; or
e) Supervised Temporary Release or Parole.
We also complete a number of victim impact reports for courts each year. For more information on the work of the Service, see Who We Are and What We Do.
Detailed below are some ways in which we work towards achieving the maximum effectiveness and efficiency in our work: