Probation in the Genes? Personal Reflections on the Fortunes and Misfortunes of an Honourable Profession

  • Anne WorrallEmail author


Contrasting her own experiences as a probation officer in the late twentieth century with those of her mother in the Second World War, and drawing on examples of working with women who offend, and changing relationships with the police, Anne Worrall argues that the ‘brand’ of probation is resilient. Despite the fragmentation of probation work in the second decade of the twenty-first century, probation workers belong to an ‘honourable profession’ that has achieved much and continues to uphold vital skills, knowledge and values.


Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Probation Officer Probation Service Public Sector Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social Science and Public PolicyKeele UniversityKeeleUK

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