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The Prisons Service is part of the criminal justice system that enables criminals to serve their sentences and be rehabilitated back into society where possible. It requires a whole team of professionals to keep the system running effectively.
There are a variety of roles within the Prisons Service including officers, administration staff, healthcare professionals and operational managers. There is also a maintenance team to keep the facilities in check.
The Prison Service workforce has to be extremely disciplined and able to enforce rules whilst remaining respectful of others. At times it can be a very challenging role, but one that makes a real difference to society and you could be a part of turning someone’s life around.
Prison officers are a key role within the prison service, but rehabilitation also depends on the work of psychologists, probation workers and prison instructors who deliver classes and workshops.
These teams work together to try and help prisoners to live a crime-free life after their sentences and be productive members of society.
A prison is not a typical work environment. You may face violent and difficult situations. You will also be required to work with prisoners that have done a range of crimes, but you will have the same duty of care to all of them. You must be able to refrain from judgement and fulfil this duty to the best of your abilities.
There is also currently a shortage of prison staff throughout the country, so the pay can be quite generous.