10 January 2024
Whose confidence? Regional leaders’ perspectives on building confidence in a reconfigured probation service.
Our paper draws on interviews conducted with Regional Probation Directors (RPDs) in England and Wales to focus on the question of whose confidence matters and what are the challenges when building confidence from the perspective of those leaders.
1 November 2023
Making Good?: A Study of How Senior Penal Policy Makers Narrate Policy Reversal
Our paper draws on interviews with senior national policy participants to provide a narrative reconstruction of the unification of the probation service in England and Wales
10 July 2023
A necessary but painful journey: Experiences of unification in a probation service region
In this first paper, published in the Probation Journal, we report on frontline probation practitioners’ reflections, one year after unification, of living through a period of profound organisational change.
13 April 2023
Researching Probation Unification
This brief article published in the most recent issue of Probation Quarterly presents an overview of some of the themes emerging from interviews with probation practitioners in the first year following unification of probation services.
14 March 2023
The role of stories in penal policy change
Bringing policy reform to fruition is an enterprise fraught with difficulty; penal policy is no different.
8 February 2023
Implementing, managing, and delivering Through the Gate Services for short-term prisoners
10 January 2023
A legitimate business? Representations of privatised probation
13 December 2022
Capturing Probation Leaders' experiences of delivering public sector reform
Drawing on tracked, longitudinal style interviews we explore the personal and professional challenges for probation leaders in having to make sense of and then implement a reform programme during a period of profound uncertainty.