Probation and Politics: Academic Reflections from Former by Maurice Vanstone, Philip Priestley

By Maurice Vanstone, Philip Priestley

This booklet is a suite of essays via a different team of authors concerning the political destruction of the probation provider in England and Wales. them all are probation officials grew to become teachers, with a collective scholarly output that's either prodigious and distinctive. They tackle the background of probation, its underlying values and dealing equipment, and how it's been systematically dismantled by way of successive political administrations. The booklet deals crucial interpreting for these attracted to broadening their realizing of the probation carrier and its important position in rehabilitation. furthermore it makes a compelling case for the reinstatement of an evidence-based probation carrier because the fundamental legal justice supplier taken with supporting those who come ahead of the courts to develop into contributing electorate. a full of life and engrossing learn, it's destined to be worthwhile to coverage makers, social technological know-how theorists and commentators, in addition to students of criminology and the justice process, and all those that paintings in it.

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79). At the time I worked there (from 1980 to 1982), it was described as a regional observation and assessment centre (it no longer exists) and Loraine Gelsthorpe had undertaken some of her PhD research at this setting. My reflective engagement with the research findings and with my reported responses in the book gave me pause for thought: I was surprised by the explicit focus in the research on ‘sexism’ in a way that now seemed particularly old-fashioned. ). In applying a critique to myself from this distance of time, I commended my anti-custodial stance at one point, but then squirmed with embarrassment at my judgemental attitude about some of the girls’ culpability for their offending behaviour.

In my article, published in a Romanian social work journal (Burke 2010a), I argued that this radical shift in the training of probation officers was significant in both its ‘intentions’ (to move the probation service from its traditional social work ethos) and its ‘structure’ (an integrated award combining an undergraduate degree with a practice-based NVQ delivered over 2 years). The changes were, certainly in policy terms, also driven by a perceived 3 Probation Under New Labour and the Coalition 39 need to toughen up the probation service in order to enhance its credibility with the general public and were based on a notion that the service had somehow been contaminated by radical forms of social work in the 1970s and 1980s (Millar and Burke 2012).

2009). Delving into the Probation Journal: Portrayals of women probation officers and women offenders. Probation Journal, 56(4), 435–450. Annison, J. (2013a). Change and the probation service in England and Wales: A gendered lens. European Journal of Probation, 5(1), 44–64. Annison, J. (2013b). Innovation in probation practice: Past, present and future. Probation Journal, 60(3), 227–241. Annison, J. (2014). Therapeutic justice and women offenders: A community justice court case study. Paper presented at the British Society of Criminology Conference, University of Liverpool.

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