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Probation officers, their occupational cultures and offender management

Grant reference: RES-000-22-3979

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Probation workers and their occupational cultures
This report presents key findings from a study of probation cultures funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC grant reference: RES-000-22-3979) and facilitated by the Probation Chiefs Association (PCA). The study took place between April 2010 and November 2011 and its main aims were to identify some of the characteristics of contemporary probation cultures and to examine how probation workers construct their occupational identities. An earlier version of this report was prepared for a conference on 20th September 2011 when the key findings were presented to an invited audience of probation workers, criminal justice professionals and academics. The conference was an important developmental part of the project as it was an opportunity not only to disseminate our preliminary findings, but also to seek feedback on them. In preparing this report, we have, as far as space and balance allow, taken account of the feedback received. The project ended on 30 November 2011; further publications are in preparation and will be announced on the project website at:

Primary contributor

Author Rob C. Mawby

Additional contributors

Co-author Anne Worrall

Additional details

University of Leicester
17 November 2011


Mawby_probation workers.pdf (.pdf / 879kb)

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Mawby, Rob C. and Worrall, Anne (2011) Probation workers and their occupational cultures. Leicester: University of Leicester.


Mawby Rob C. and Worrall Anne. Probation workers and their occupational cultures. Leicester: University of Leicester, 2011.