Probation Service Users: to empower or to exclude
Gibbs, Anita; Campbell, Diane; Johnson, Georgia
The Probation Service has shifted from its roots in social work and the use of benevolent care and control activities towards a corrections focused agency, charged with the task of reducing re-offending and protecting the public. But does this changed focus give the Service any rationale for practice which excludes Probation Service users a term I use in place of the more usual 'offenders', 'clients' or 'cons' which are in themselves demeaning and exclusionary? Or can the Service renew its long held commitment to anti-oppression and empowerment? The Probation Service is implicated in the exclusion of service users, but it can reclaim principles of partnership, inclusion and passion.
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Keywords: service users; probation; empower
Research Type: Journal Article
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