Probation staff offer prisoners help during the time they are preparing for release, they work in every prison and young offenders institution.

Prisoners should meet a member of probation staff shortly after arrival at prison.

Probation staff may be approached for help with problems and should give advice on how a prisoner can keep up contact with his family. Mostly probation staff assess the risk of the prisoner as part of the sentence planning.

National Probation Service information is available at