Developing Empirically-Based Practice in Probation

Geraldine Macdonald

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This article examines the influence of research on social work practice, with special reference to probation, and argues that in order to maintain their well-earned reputation as providers of defensible alternatives to custody, probation officers need to attend more carefully to the findings of research and to review their practice accordingly. Further, it is argued that managers need to consider the content of practice as well as its structure, if they are to meet the challenges of the present decade. These discussions are placed in the context of an applied research project on one probation team's attempt to adopt a more structured and empirically-based approach to the setting up of a new groupwork programme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-427
Number of pages23
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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