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I worked as a PO in the Prolific and Priority Scheme for the majority of my Probation life. This image is the one that really keeps returning to me when capturing how the role can be. I worked with a young man who was transferred to me from Youth Services. He spent weeks attending appointments, but refusing to talk. He would sit with his back to the wall, occasionally embarking on a rant. We stuck together. I visited his family and gradually was accepted as someone he could maybe start to trust. We worked together for longer than I had wished. But from the young angry person, I had the privilege to walk alongside and see his fight to become an adult that he wanted to be. When his final supervision period had finished it was an emotional experience involving him, his family and also me. The professional boundaries were still there, but this was for me an example of positive probation work in the community, with people and their families. A year or so later, I found a blank envelope in my in-tray. Inside was a baby scan and on the back my person had written to me to say that he wanted me to be one of the first people to know he was going to be a dad. This is one of the (many) profound experiences that people outside probation may not know we sometimes have as a different aspect of our roles.