Book Review: Knowledge & the probation service

Andy Bain

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Whitehead and Thompson have set out to address the widening gap that seems to exist between the knowledge of a trainee and the actual practice of the probation officer. Suggesting that ‘ . . . in preparing people to become probation officers it is not enough to be driven by a managerial agenda preoccupied with consistency, minimum standards and measurable performance’. Here they conclude that it is as important to recognise their [the trainee and qualified officers] individuality, and ‘learn that it is the engine of their own motivation and is central to successful working relations’ (p. xi–xii). With this in mind, Whitehead and Thompson have co-authored a book, which seeks to provide relevant and accurate information that will inform and support a continuing growth of knowledge and understanding, for both the trainee and their Practice Development Assessors. P. Whitehead & J. Thompson. (2004). Wiley, Chichester, 222 pp. ISBN 0-470-09204-1, £21.99
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-169
JournalThe Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date23 Feb 2006
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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