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Essex Probation


A high proportion of offenders are required by the courts to complete one or more Probation programme during their Community Sentence. These are nationally approved courses designed to tackle the root causes of offending.


Many are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theory, which suggests that giving people an understanding of their thought processes, and teaching them to respond and act differently from their norm, will provide the practical tools to avoid ingrained destructive behaviour.

Key issues around offending

For each of these issues Probation services use at least one programme that helps change behaviour:

  • Drink/Driving
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Thinking Skills
  • Sex Offending
  • Anger Management

Each intervention is designed for different offences, different offenders, for groups and for individuals. They form part of a well-researched network of programmes across England and Wales. Many have been officially accredited for Probation use. In addition, there are other structured interventions to increase the breadth and depth of what we deliver for offenders.

Our programme tutors have the ability to galvanise and support their groups throughout lengthy and frequent groupwork sessions.

Current Probation Programmes