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Swan2

Day to day activities

Post by Swan2 »

Hi,
Please can someone give me honest advice.
What is day to day like at a HMYOI?
I wan’t to get experience through this job and so was hoping to be involved in the nitty gritty like court, probation officer meetings, therapy sessions and such?
Is this the case or not?
Dartsrob2

Re: Day to day activities

Post by Dartsrob2 »

That’s like saying I’m going to foster kids to get experience being a parent. Working in NOMS should be a vocation not a training exercise. Those in custody especially those in youth custody are not a learning aid. I don’t know what you hope to achieve in life or the position you hope to attain but I do hope you decide a different path to bulk up your CV. Your chosen method on the surface appears a risk to yourself, your colleagues and those who would be in your care.
Swan2

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Post by Swan2 »

I feel like you are completely misunderstanding and judging me without even knowing my situation.
I have been offered a place on the fast track to specialist and I want to work with young people in my career and to make a difference to their lives.
Obviously as I will be training then this is for me to further my career.
My point was that I do not think that I want to work in a prison forever as working hours etc are not ideal when you have children but I would like to work with offenders upon release.
I hope to fain insight into offending behaviour and I was advised that working in a youth institute is the best way to get this.
However, if I will just be acting babysitter and do not get to interact with other professionals then I will not obtain any experience and will not gain any insight to be able to help offenders.
I just wanted to ask whether these kinds of experiences are offerer
Dartsrob2

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Post by Dartsrob2 »

So I have understood your point entirely. It’s a stop gap for you as the hours are an inconvenience. You want to use your position for research and have little or no interest in the safety of the custodial unit more for the classroom. I think you would be more suited to work in a local authority pupil referral unit than any closed institution. The hours would be better for you too. As I say your route is exactly the same as an adult fostering a child to see if they would be an adequate parent. How on earth does someone who wishes to use those in the care of the state as tools for their own gain even get sneak their way on to the fast track scheme? I hope I’m misunderstanding you I really do but your reasons for joining appear very selfish and for the benefit of nobody but yourself.
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Post by Charlotteisace »

Totally agree with you dartsrob. I take huge exception to OP comments. The offenders you would be working with are real, troubled children, if you don’t want to ‘babysit’ then the prison service is not for you. The role or a prison officer requires you to genuinely give a shit about those in your care. To look upon them as a learning tool is a terrible idea. Apply for a role as a probation officer. That is something I potentially want to get into but I have always been interested in working as a prison officer so I am going down that path with a view to *possibly* switching in the future. I’m becoming a prison officer because I deeply care about offender rehabilitation, not to equip me with the skills to work in probation. They are two separate roles.
Dartsrob2

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Post by Dartsrob2 »

That’s my point Charlotte. Respect the task in hand first. 99% who are going for a career in the prison service thoughts don’t stop at being a landing officer but this has to be the most important role in a prison and I presume mastering it is the amongst the most difficult challenges the service has to offer. Whichever my career path and wherever it leads I hope it’s with the respect of my colleagues and my position is nothing but an asset to them in the roles they carry out.
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