New research on effects of TR

The Observer yesterday reported on a new research into the effects of TR by Professor Gill Kirton, of Queen Mary University of London, and Dr Cécile Guillaume, of Roehampton University. The findings, published in the journal Work, Employment and Society, published by the British Sociological Association, show that "the privatisation of probation is unprecedented in terms of its scale and scope and it has proven to be something of an unmitigated disaster for professionals".

Gill and Cécile surveyed almost 1,000 probation officers, and carried out face-to-face research with 100. More than a third said they did not have enough time for their clients. More than half said their targets were unrealistic.


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