This book provides a comprehensive and positive reimagining of probation practice in England and Wales across all the key settings in which work with people subject to supervision takes place. Bringing together chapters co-authored by academics and practitioners, it offers an overall conceptualisation of the rehabilitative endeavour within the realities of a probation service recently unified after the acknowledged failure of the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms.

Reimagining Probation Practice covers the main themes and job functions of probation practice, from court work to individual and group interventions, to resettlement and public protection, to partnerships, to education and training. Each chapter includes a brief critical history of the area of practice, the current policy context, the applicability of different forms of rehabilitation (personal, legal/judicial, social and moral) to this area of practice, an overview of current good practice and areas in need of development. The book argues that the principles of parsimony, proportionality and productiveness should be applied to the criminal justice system in its work to rehabilitate individuals.

This book is essential reading for practitioners and all those engaged in probation training, as well as policy makers, leaders, managers and those interested in social and criminal justice.


chapter 1|28 pages


Reforming, reimagining and moving forward: for what purpose?

chapter 2|14 pages

Court Work and Assessment

Laying the foundations for effective probation practice

chapter 3|16 pages

Individual Interventions

Reimagining the one-to-one interaction at the heart of probation practice

chapter 4|21 pages

Group Interventions

Reimagining groupwork by embedding personal, judicial, moral and social rehabilitation into practice

chapter 5|16 pages

Community Service and Rehabilitation

Untapped potential

chapter 6|16 pages


A people-first approach to community (re)integration

chapter 7|20 pages

Public Protection

Examining the impact of strengthened public protection policy on probation practice

chapter 8|20 pages

Reimagining Partnerships

A forensic democratic therapeutic community model

chapter 9|22 pages

Approved Premises

Futures of control in the community

chapter 10|15 pages

Education and Training

Delivering the four forms of rehabilitation: training and developing probation practitioners

chapter 11|18 pages

Inspection Work

Reimagining probation practice indirectly: how the work of the Inspectorate can support a reimagined rehabilitation

chapter 12|18 pages

From Electronic Monitoring to Artificial Intelligence

Technopopulism and the future of probation services

chapter 13|13 pages


Reforming and reimagining: beyond the realities of contemporary probation practice