The Rise of Risk in Probation Work: Historical Reflections and Future Speculations

  • Hazel KemshallEmail author


Risk has become a major element in the practice of probation. Its rise to prominence in relation to the management of persons deemed ‘at serious risk of harm’ is documented in this chapter together with the impact it has had on the traditional ‘advise, assist and befriend’ model of probation. The author played a key role in developing and disseminating risk assessment tools. Research on Sarah’s Law – the disclosure of details about people convicted of sex offences – is described; and the workings of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangement (MAPPA) are discussed in relation to the ongoing colonisation of probation functions by the police.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Applied Social SciencesDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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