Partnership working in probation: an evaluation of social provision based on the views of probation officers, offenders and service providers

Marston, Peter (2009) Partnership working in probation: an evaluation of social provision based on the views of probation officers, offenders and service providers. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Since 1990, partnership working has held increasing importance in the delivery of services to offenders by probation areas (Nellis, 1995; Gibbs, 1998, 1999 and 2001, Cross, 1997; Rumgay, 2001 and 2003). Government policy is that multi-agency approaches or partnership working are a means of responding to a wide range of criminal justice problems. Rumgay (2003) sketches four broad areas of this work, one of which is social provision to offenders. The passing of the Offender Management Act 2007 means that, through the medium of contestability, non-statutory providers from the private and voluntary sectors may be about to move ‘centre stage’. However, questions remain about the wisdom of such a policy and whether probation work in partnership with the third sector can be assumed to be beneficial. Previous research has concentrated on the practical difficulties of setting up partnership or ideological differences between agencies but relatively little attention has been paid to what practical help is provided by partnership agencies or their preparedness to assume responsibility for supervision of offenders. With reference to the body of previous research and by seeking the views of those involved, probation officers, offenders, and partnership staff, this study will seek to investigate the condition of social provision partnership working in an English probation area. Questionnaires were used to determine the views of probation officers and offenders, while semi-structured interviews were conducted with partnership staff.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/751

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