Despite the constraints of managerialism and high caseloads, I suggest that probation should still be committed to working creatively with vulnerable individuals, many of whom exhibit strong negative emotions. Reflective practice enables practitioners to deal with these feelings sensitively, then move on to effect change. However, imparting skills and knowledge for reflective practice is not straightforward and is further complicated by distance learning. Two studies were embarked on to discover from Trainee Probation Officers (TPOs) themselves how learning about reflective practice could best be accomplished. The main themes of the studies, the ability to handle and learn from anxiety; negotiating academic and organisational barriers; and the parallels to Trainees’ work with offenders, are explored. This paper argues reflective practice is integral to effective probation practice and should continue to hold a key position in offender manager training.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|