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25th Annual Bill McWilliams Lecture with Professor Lol Burke

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The decision to unify probation services within the public sector was seen by many as a welcome reversal of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms and was subsequently marked by an ambitious programme of reform that involved the transfer of staff to the new organisation, the harmonisation of different operating models, and re-drawing of geographical boundaries, whilst having to deal with the disruption to service delivery caused by the Covid pandemic. Understandably, rebuilding culture, confidence, identity and legitimacy within the re-configured Probation Service has been far from straightforward and compounded by on-going staffing issues, critical inspection reports and high-profile incidences of serious further offending by individuals currently under probation supervision. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Lol Burke will consider the hopes and fears of probation practitioners as they encountered the events leading up to unification, and its immediate aftermath. The impact on their emotional well-being and their sense of belonging within the newly reformed organisation will be discussed through the stories they tell and the cultural symbols they utilise to make sense of, and articulate, their evolving working relationships. Finally, the implications of these for future probation service delivery considered.

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1.00pm: Buffet Lunch

2.00pm: Lecture

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