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Probation occupational cultures for the future? A focus group discussion

Burke, L and Teague, M and Ward, D and FPInst, AW (2016) Probation occupational cultures for the future? A focus group discussion. British Journal of Community Justice, 14 (1). pp. 29-43. ISSN 1475-0279

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Abstract

This article is based on a discussion, between the four co-authors, that took place over two days during the 'Conversation with Paul Senior' in Kendal in January 2016. Conscious that we have each undertaken research into aspects of occupational cultures in probation and social work, we spent some time on the first day devising questions that we might ask ourselves in order to imagine what occupational cultures in Probation might be like in 2020. The following day, we decided that an innovative way to capture our musings might be to imagine ourselves as a focus group and to record our discussion. So this is what we did - using nothing more than a smartphone. Subsequently, the recording was transcribed and we set about editing it to form the core of this article. We have added an introduction and a conclusion but the core discussion is very much as it was - 'warts and all'. We are aware that the arguments are not always presented in a polished fashion but we have resisted tampering too much with the spontaneity of the discussion. Our aim is to provide a few insights and stimulate further debate and research. © 2016 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University,
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 13:46
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 13:46
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3704

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