Knowledge and the Probation Service: Raising Standards for by Philip Whitehead

By Philip Whitehead

This textbook is designed to assist trainee probation officials with the degree in Probation experiences, specifically with the NVQ parts and making the hyperlink to the measure programme in probation. Written by way of Philip Whitehead and Jamie Thompson, every one with over 25 years’ adventure of the probation provider, it's going to even be worthy to these assessing and coping with trainees.Opening with an historic evaluation of teaching in probation, the publication strikes directly to research points of the NVQ, record writing, info for perform improvement Assessors, easy methods to positioned education into perform as soon as certified, and past the codification of information to vocational excellence as a probation officer.Teaching and studying positive factors include:Chapter menus and summariesFurther readingGlossaryAppendicesTimely and appropriate, wisdom and the Probation provider: elevating criteria for trainees, assessors and practitioners will stimulate and encourage trainees, supply meals for idea for these excited about the making plans and improvement of probation education, and may give a contribution to the broader debate in regards to the nature of probation id in those altering instances for the carrier.

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1974 and 1976), which stated that ‘Many of the negative findings might seem to suggest that treatment has no effect or even that it makes offenders worse rather than better’, was of deep concern to the probation service. In fact it was the IMPACT study that brought to an end the Probation Research Project that had started in 1961. Into this potent mixture we can also throw, for good measure, the work of Martinson (1974) and Brody (1976). In fact it was Brody who, in his analy- 17 WKA1 5/22/04 18 5:42 PM Page 18 Knowledge and the Probation Service sis of nearly 70 studies from different countries, cast doubt on the rehabilitative efficacy of different treatment programmes, particularly if probation is used for first offenders and confirmed recidivists (see Whitehead, 1990, ch.

These rules and baselines allow for measurement, comparison and for numerical targetsetting but it would be a mistake to believe that they are based on any infallible truths about best practice, the most appropriate skills and knowledge or the most effective programmes. They are all codas for the policing and managing of consistency. The processes of if, how and why these codas are changed and developed are therefore significant. Changes in National Standards are made through a centralised process and changes to date have all been about closer articulation of the ‘when’ and ‘what’ of practice and a tightening of deadlines and, in particular, enforcement procedures.

Edinburgh and London: Scottish Academic Press. Garland, D. (1985) Punishment and Welfare: A History of Penal Strategies. Aldershot: Gower. 25 WKA1 5/22/04 26 5:42 PM Page 26 Knowledge and the Probation Service Garland, D. (2001) The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Haxby, D. (1978) Probation: A Changing Service. London: Constable. S. (1964) The Probation Service (2nd edn). London: Butterworths. Le Mesurier, L. (1935) A Handbook of Probation.

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