Probation, help for offenders after a conditional sentence or release from custody or court order. During the probationary period, the offenders are assisted individually by social workers to assist the rehabilitation process and prevent relapses. Probation assistance is therefore regarded as a specialised branch of social work. The Association for Probation Service and Social Work, as contracting party of the Ministry of Justice, services in the fields of probation service, out-of-court settlements and help for released offenders. They look after approx. 12,000 people every year.
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