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The impact of skills in probation work: A reconviction study


This article reports on the results of a quasi-experimental study of practitioners’ skills in
probation work. Videotaped interviews were produced by a group of probation officers and
analysed by researchers using a checklist designed to identify the range of skills used in one-toone supervision. Reconviction rates were found to be significantly lower among those whose
supervisors were assessed as using a wider range of skills. The article also reviews the recent
history of research on practitioners’ skills in probation, and considers the implications of positive
findings from this and other studies.

Categories Law, Social science
Keywords After Care Service, Community Sentences, Needs, Probation, Rehabilitation
Author Maurice Vanstone, Pamela Ugwudike, Peter Raynor
Date published 2014
Document type Report
Organisation Jersey Probation and After-Care Service
IRR Code IRR/JPACS/2014.43838
File Type pdf