'This refreshingly open and honest collection of contributions highlights a 'get back to basics' approach towards work with offenders... The essence of the book explores the treatment avenues open to professionally qualified probation officers. This thorough and well annotated collection of constructive treatment programmes contained within this book focus attention on the high level of commitment and skills shown by various professionals... The book reaffirms a commitment towards these ideals and attempts successfully to offer an alternative to the purely enforcement and control models. This book contains many valuable chapters that will give food for thought to current and aspiring practitioners. It would also provide a useful source of ideas for training and research. It succeeds in its aim of providing renewed impetus to a vitally important politically sensitive area of work.'- British Journal of Social Work'Working within the criminal justice system can leave practitioners feeling pretty jaundiced at times so it is refreshing to find a book that offers a new perspective... The main purpose of this book seems to be to invoke thought and encourage reflection on current practice, and in this endeavour it certainly succeeds.'- Professional Social Work'This book is rich in research into a great variety of criminal aspects including criminals in the courtroom. It is likely to be of particular value to those working with the courts: probation officers, forensic psychologists, social workers and others.'- Internet Law Books Review'A thoughtful, engaged and timely collection of stories designed to to awaken, challenge and assist those engaged in the complexitythat is contemporary probation practice.'- The Howard Journal, Volume
About the Author
Kevin Gorman is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where he contributes to degree courses in Applied Criminology, Social Work, and Police Studies. Between 1977 and 2004 he was employed as a probation officer, a role in which his supervisory and report-writing responsibilities covered virtually the whole spectrum of offending behaviour. He was also heavily involved in practice development and practice teaching, including the training of probation officers. Marilyn Gregory spent 16 years in the Probation Service, working as a main grade officer in a former mining community; as a prison based officer; court welfare officer, and finally specialist practice teacher, teaching students initially on the Diploma in Social Work and latterly the Diploma in Probation Studies. For the past four years she has taught social work at the University of Sheffield, maintaining her interest in the Probation Service by teaching in the area of crime, abuse and public protection, and by conducting research about the work of probation officers. She is also interested in the continuing professional development of professionals within the social work/social care field. Michelle Hayles spent 12 years as a probation officer in a range of community contexts and in a women's prison. From 1991 to 1994 she managed a Home Office Student Training Unit and continued to maintain links with practice in her subsequent role as a manager responsible for staff development and for qualifying training. She moved into a full time academic post in 1999 to manage the University's involvement in the new probation officer training. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Community Justice at the University of Huddersfield where she has leadership responsibilities for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Criminology and for an innovative Foundation Degree in Police Studies. Nigel Parton is Professor in Child Care and Director of the Centre of Applied Childhood Studies, in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. He has a particular interest in the area of child protection and is the author of Safeguarding Childhood: Early Intervention and Surveillance in a Late Modern Society and co-author, with Patrick O'Byrne, of Constructive Social Work: Towards a New Practice. From 1995 to 2005 he was co-editor of the journal Children and Society (published in association with the National Children's Bureau).