Introducing probation: an evaluation of the department of probation in Anguilla; 2005-2010

Johnson, Jocelyn I. (2010) Introducing probation: an evaluation of the department of probation in Anguilla; 2005-2010. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In January 2005 probation supervision was introduced in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla with the establishment of a unit responsible for the supervision of offenders in the community. Using the history of probation development in the UK as the backdrop to inform this study, this dissertation has established that the Department of Probation has been doing what it has set out to do. The study conducted research into the views of Probation Staff, Probationers, and Social Service Partners to establish the extent to which the Department of Probation has achieved its objectives and has reported on what has worked and what has not worked. Through carrying out semi-structured interviews with stakeholders and probation officers, the primary data explored the understanding, perceptions and experiences of probation held by each individual. Additionally, present and past probationers provided insight into their understanding and experiences through the use of questionnaires and informal interviews. The dissertation has indicated that the Department of Probation is doing what it has set out to do and is meeting its obligations to offenders and by extension the community. The main findings of this study also established that the practice of probation has to be reflective and representative of the community that it has been established to serve. For Anguilla, that includes a feeling of autonomy among member of staff, a social work ethos that is concerned with the entire world of the probationer and performance based on meeting the individual needs of probationers. Further, this research has also highlighted the need for a better understanding of Probation in general and its application in the Anguilla context in particular, particularly among those who undertake the duties of supervising offenders.

    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 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16

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