XR technology and risk assessment: the future of probation training?

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Accurate risk assessment and skilled offender management are critical to probation work and are key priorities for HMPPS. Effective training to promote informed and appropriate decision-making is essential in early career probation education. Enabling repeated practice and responsive feedback to decision-making and risk judgments in home visit scenarios is an invaluable learning approach but can be problematic due to time and resource constraints. We describe a study designed to test the use of XR technology (virtual reality and 360 immersive video) as a means to enhance existing probation training. Such technology has been demonstrated to have a range of pedagogic benefits, and it is proposed that technology-enhanced learning has the potential to address some of the practical limitations of existing probation training. It is pertinent, however, that the application of XR technology has a sound evidence base. As such, the current study aims to empirically compare the efficacy of different technology-enhanced learning strategies for improving decision-making and risk judgments in early career probation officers. Early career practitioners were required to describe their decision-making following assessment of a) still images depicting a home visit; b) 360 immersive videos of the same visit; or c) a simulated version of the visit presented in immersive virtual reality. Risk judgments were compared and analysed, and will be used to inform the development of an evidence-based training tool probation risk assessment. Implications for future training and research will be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2022
EventBritish Society of Criminology Conference: Reimagining Criminological Futures - University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 20221 Jul 2022


ConferenceBritish Society of Criminology Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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