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CALL FOR PAPERS: The future of Probation post 2020 - special issue

Published: 29/09/2020 | Author(s): Kevin Wong, Jean Hine

Dear Colleague, Last year it was with much sadness that we announced that our colleague Paul Senior had passed away. Paul co-founded our journal in 2002 with his friend and colleague Dave Ward – a stalwart of this journal and our editorial board’s longest serving member. Paul was Co-Editor from 2002 till his retirement in 2016. His last issue was on the theme of “Imagining Probation in 2020: hopes, fears and insights”.  Throughout his professional life, Paul was a passionate…

Sex Workers in the Crisis of Covid

Published: 25/06/2020 | Author(s): Teela Sanders

Teela Sanders, University of Leicester. There appears to be three residing issues for sex workers across the world in the pandemic. First the direct and immediate loss of income, pushing them to the economic margins of society. Second, the paring back (or in some cases withdrawal) of services for health and welfare. Thirdly, the risk of increased surveillance from police as they enforce social distancing, with the ramping up of stigma towards sex workers as conduits for disease. As skeleton staffing…

COVID-19, Command Mode and Contact

Published: 25/06/2020 | Author(s): Laura Frampton

Laura Frampton – Head of Service, HMP Thameside. In line with COVID-19 government guidelines, I am considered a key worker and as such, people dutifully clap for my colleagues and I every Thursday at 8pm. I work for a third sector organisation, Catch22, as Head of Service at HMP Thameside, a category B local resettlement prison, operated by Serco - the only London based Contracted Prison. As Head of Service, I am responsible for leading on the development and delivery of Catch22 Offender Management…

Desistance from lockdown

Published: 25/06/2020 | Author(s): David Honeywell

Dr David Honeywell, Research Assistant at the University of Manchester and Criminology Lecturer at the University of Hull Introduction During this difficult period of lockdown, I have begun to make comparisons between the process of desistance and the impending collective recovery from the social and psychological impact of coronavirus. Desistance is a theory that examines how ex-offenders abstain from crime (see Farrall & Calverley, 2006) and transform their identities (Giordano et al, 2002;…

How to write your Covid-19 blog

Published: 18/05/2020 | Author(s): Kevin Wong, Jean Hine

If you want to write about your experiences.  Here is our how to guide. Length Your blog doesn’t have to be long, between 600 to 800 words.  This guidance is around 230 words. Structure You may want to structure it in the following way: If you are a practitioner: Describe briefly what kind of service and/or organisation you work for. Tell us about the problem and challenge.  We suggest you focus on one thing. Tell us how you solved it. If you are a service user: Tell us about…

‘PEOPLE GET KILLED CAUSE OF THERE [THEIR] SKIN. IT CANNOT BE STOPPED’: A MIDLANDS CASE STUDY CONSIDERING EXPERIENCES OF RACISM AMONGST PUPILS IN UK SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY

Published: 26/02/2020 | Author(s): Sarah Page

Sarah Page, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Staffordshire University and Co-Director of the Staffordshire University Crime and Society Research Group In 2018 an academic partnership research team from Staffordshire University School of Law, Policing and Forensics conducted fieldwork with young people in secondary schools and college students.  We endeavoured to find out about race-hate and race-hate related extremism encounters based on secondary school experiences and in the…

Women’s needs on probation, should be, but are not being addressed…

Published: 07/02/2020 | Author(s): Rachel Goldhill

    In the article for the BJCJ, “Challenges of gender-responsivity in probation work”, I report on findings from my PhD research (2011-2015), examining the supervision of women probationers in England. My research took place during a period of substantial change and uncertainty in the probation service, prior to and during the implementation process (January 2014 to February 2015) of Transforming Rehabilitation (TR). Included is a focus on Corston’s (2007) recommendations…

Methodological challenges and lessons in surveying organisations

Published: 07/02/2020 | Author(s): Coral Sirdifield, David Denney, Dr Rebecca Marples, Charlie Brooker

Critical reflection on methodological strategies When designing any research project, it is important to have a good understanding of the existing literature to inform project design. Additionally, an important part of the research process is to reflect on any improvements that could have been achieved if the research had been conducted differently. Literature (this could be specified and we could hyperlink) that exposes the bones of the research process provides useful learning material for those…

Paul Senior

Published: 24/06/2019 | Author(s):

Paul Senior the co-founder of this journal and Co-Editor from the first issue in 2002 until his retirement in 2016 recently passed away.  He made a significant contribution to the journal and more widely to probation practice, training and research. He will be much missed. In tribute to Paul, we are featuring a special back issue of the journal. It was the last one that Paul edited and the papers form a collection of thought pieces and reflections on probation: practice, principles and ethos. …

Public Protection? The Implications of Grayling’s ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ Agenda on the Safety of Women and Children: A Review, 5 Years On

Published: 12/03/2019 | Author(s): Beverley Gilbert

By Beverley Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in Domestic Violence, University of Worcester In 2013 I wrote an article published in a special edition of British Journal of Community Justice (BJCJ) suggesting that the proposed Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) agenda would jeopardise the work undertaken with perpetrators of domestic abuse (Gilbert, 2013). I suggested that under new changes proposed by the then Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, domestic abuse cases would be assigned to the private…

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