Sometimes I light upon a book that evokes an array of emotions and leaves a lasting impression.
Ned (not his real name) had been sentenced for offences of assault and criminal damage at his ex-partner’s address.
One of the pleasures of reviewing books for the Probation Journal is the discovery of literary gems that not only enliven the reader but evoke memories of former probation practice.
I recently read a book that covers, with an impressive historical sweep, some of the tumultuous changes imposed on the Probation (and Prison) Services by, often poorly evidenced, politically driven reorganisations.
"I often wondered if, stumbling upon a service user in cardiac arrest, my immediate reaction would be to administer CPR or to update their risk assessment".
Finding the time to dip into esoteric criminal justice journals can be somewhat challenging, but lighting upon the angry prose of committed scholarship makes the effort of trying so much easier.
One of the more challenging casework experiences I recall was assuming statutory responsibility for supervision on an order (imposed for offences of assault) already underway.
As a subscriber to Probation Journal, I find it rewarding to pore over some of the more incisive articles on changes in supervisory practice and the professional relationships that underpin meaningful engagement with service users.
I recently started to selectively read pages from a book that I had hidden away for another day.