Seeing and believing: Observing desistance-focused practice and enduring values in the National Probation Service

AINSLIE, Samantha (2021). Seeing and believing: Observing desistance-focused practice and enduring values in the National Probation Service. Probation Journal.

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    Abstract

    This article focuses on the feasibility of using a desistance-focused approach in the National Probation Service (NPS) in the post-Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) context. Findings are drawn from an exploratory study undertaken in one NPS Division, which used triangulation of three data collection methods; observations of one-to-one supervision sessions, documentary analysis and practitioner focus groups. Findings show that practitioners use elements of a desistance-focussed approach, although not exclusively. Values based upon belief in the capacity to change and the need to offer support endure, despite mass organisational upheaval. The article concludes by suggesting that this 'enduring habitus' of probation could be an enabler for a desistance-focused approach but instrumentalism in policy and practice is a significant barrier.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 17:15
    Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 13:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28392

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