Competition for Probation Board for Northern Ireland launched

Justice Minister David Ford has today launched a competition to recruit Board Members for Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI).

The Probation Board’s role is to make local communities safer by challenging and changing offenders’ behaviour. It carries out a variety of functions, ranging from the provision of assessments and reports to the courts, to working with offenders whilst in prison and their subsequent resettlement in the community.

Launching the competition, Justice Minister David Ford said: “The Probation Board plays a very positive and constructive role within the criminal justice system. Probation Officers’ work in managing offenders, whether in custody or in the community, is vital in reducing offending and protecting our community.

“These are extremely important positions and we are seeking applicants who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to these appointments.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in criminal justice, who believes they have the necessary attributes and experience, to apply.”

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 22 June 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.

Notes to editors:

Candidate information packs and applications form for Board Member positions are available at:

1. Copies are also available as follows:

Telephone: 028 9052 2366

By writing to:

PBNI Recruitment 2015
Department of Justice
Room B4.13
Block B Castle Buildings

2. Probation Board Headquarters are based at 80-90 North Street, Belfast.

3. The appointment of the Board Members will be from 1 December 2015 for a period of three years.

4. The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with independent assessment, openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants. People with a disability are currently under represented in public appointments and applications from them would be particularly welcome.