Project

The future of probation

We are working with a network of professional groups, trade unions and civil society organisations to press for an improved structure and working arrangements for the probation service.

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The tantalising hope of recovery

Mike Guilfoyle remembers 'Blaine', a former client trying to overcome alcoholism whilst on probation

It was not long after the end of a supervisory experience that resonated with me for many years afterwards, that I came upon one of the most unflinchingly moving accounts of alcoholism and the...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 October 2019
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What supervision in the community should look like

This month Mike Guilfoyle reflects on an unsual supervisory experience

It was with considerable sadness that I read of the recent passing of one of probation's most trenchant public defenders,...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 September 2019
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Vignettes from a probation conference

This month Mike Guilfoyle remembers a probation event at Lake Windermere

One of the more enduringly memorable events that I had the good fortune to experience during my 20 years working as a front-line probation officer, was attending an annual residential conference...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 August 2019
News

Centre's Director in the Morning Star

Our Director, Richard Garside, commented on public probation services in Wales after Chief Inspector of Probation Dame Glenys Stacey had praised their leadership.

18 April 2019
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Ambiguous endings to a supervisory experience

Although it now seems like a distant reflection, I was minded to recall working with Paola (not her real name) whilst reading an impressively moving...

By 
Mike Guilfoyle
1 April 2019
News

Call for delay to government probation plans

Our Director, Richard Garside, is one of eight signatories on a letter to the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, calling for him to 'pause and reconsider' the government's plans re-let probation contracts to private companies.

6 March 2019