The implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda in one case study area

Millings, Matthew and Burke, Lawrence and Robinson, Gwen (2017). The implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda in one case study area. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852202

In 2013 the Ministry of Justice announced plans to implement a policy that will see approximately 70 per cent of the work carried out by the public Probation Service being outsourced to other providers. The first stage in the process involves the creation of 21 'Community Rehabilitation Companies' (from 1 June 2014) that will be owned by the Ministry of Justice for a period of several months, prior to being offered for sale to a variety of potential providers, including private sector companies. This project examines this ‘devolution’ of the majority of probation services in one case study area. It will look at the process and implications of moving the bulk of probation work (and staff) from the public Probation Service to a Community Rehabilitation Company with an uncertain future. The project will seek to understand this process from a variety of perspectives, including those of managers involved in running the Company and probation workers engaged in supervising offenders. The researchers will attend and observe management meetings, collect and analyse policy documents and conduct interviews with staff at all levels within the organisation to record this profound development in criminal justice and, more broadly, of the process of 'outsourcing' a public service.

Data description (abstract)

This research draws on observation and interview-based research that took place between March 2014 until June 2015 to capture, in one case study area, the experience of staff during this period of unprecedented organisational change through the creation, early development, and sale of a CRC. The project capitalised on a unique opportunity to observe this period of profound change in one case study area and allowed us to capture the experiences of workers we tracked from immediately prior to the dissolving of the existing public sector probation service (from March 2014) through to their operation within a private sector based community rehabilitation company (in June 2015). The research team conducted semi-ethnographic fieldwork observing management meetings/decision-making processes throughout this time, attending staff forums and team meetings routinely throughout the fieldwork. The research team also conducted semi-structured interviews with staff from all levels of the organisation.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Millings Matthew Liverpool John Moores University
Burke Lawrence Liverpool John Moores University
Robinson Gwen University of Sheffield
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/M000028/1
Topic classification: Law, crime and legal systems
Social welfare policy and systems
Trade, industry and markets
Society and culture
Keywords: criminal justice system, probation officers, rehabilitation (social offenders)
Project title: Devolving Probation Services: An ethnographic study of the implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda
Alternative title: An ethnographic study of the implementation of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda
Grant holders: Matthew Millings, Lawrence Burke, Gwen Robinson
Project dates:
5 March 20144 November 2015
Date published: 11 Feb 2016 10:17
Last modified: 21 Feb 2017 18:26

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