289 Borough High Street, the After Care and Resettlement Unit, in the Inner London Probation Service 1965-1990.

Goodman, Anthony (2007) 289 Borough High Street, the After Care and Resettlement Unit, in the Inner London Probation Service 1965-1990. British Journal of Community Justice, 5 (2). pp. 9-28. ISSN 1475-0279

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Abstract

This article focuses on the early history of the probation unit in Inner London that had a
specialist function to resettle the homeless and rootless, particularly on their release from
prison. I worked in this unit from 1984 to 1989 and was able to access material from its
inception. I was involved in researching changes in its function and organisation and
interviewed an Assistant Chief PO (ACPO) from the early days of the unit. This ‘rich’
history illustrates the changes that occurred in the wider service, from the time when
individual officers were independent and could ‘do their own thing’. It terms of the ACU
it included setting up hostels, running volunteers and controlling their work. Senior staff
worked alongside the main grade and offered casework supervision. They were not
managers in the modern sense of understanding how management has quality control and
accountability responsibilities. Conversely, the management of the unit became the senior
managers of the service as a whole, including the late Sir Graham Smith who became
Chief Probation Officer for Inner London and later Chief Probation Inspector. Initiatives
from key staff within the unit led to specialist programmes in the wider service. Quoted
material is from unpublished archive documents seen by me.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special edition: a century of probation.
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 5765
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Depositing User: Mrs Sue Black
Date Deposited: 20 May 2010 14:14
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:19
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/5765

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