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    Articles Beyond Marketisation: Towards a Relational Future of Professionalism in Probation After Transforming Rehabilitation

    Marder, Ian D. and Tidmarsh, Matt (2021) Articles Beyond Marketisation: Towards a Relational Future of Professionalism in Probation After Transforming Rehabilitation. British Journal of Community Justice. pp. 22-45. ISSN 1475-0279

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    The Coalition Government pledged to maintain ‘professionalism’ in probation through its market-based Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) reforms; however, the recent decision to reverse these reforms came as the service’s professionalism has been downgraded and diminished. TR eroded the networks of relationships, between and among people and organisations, which constitute probation’s essence (Senior et al., 2016) – that is, its ability to overlay the distinct, but interlinked spheres of corrections, social welfare, treatment and the community. This paper looks to the future of professionalism in English and Welsh probation after TR. We argue that the service lies at a crossroads, between a continuation of the punitive and marketising policies imposed in recent decades, and opportunities to recapture its essence through a relational re-professionalisation agenda. We advocate for a strategic and evidence-based professionalism in probation practice that emphasises relational co-production. Here, a restorative practice model can support relationship building in client facing and multi-agency contexts, begin to rebuild relationships within the service and offset the worst excesses of other agendas.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: COPYRIGHT 2021 Sheffield Hallam University, Copyright British Journal of Community Justice 2021
    Keywords: Parole & probation; Probation; Professionalization; Rehabilitation of criminals; Social science research;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 18104
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    Depositing User: Ian Marder
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2024 11:55
    Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Community Justice
    Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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