Based on a work of the same title by Anthony Osler which was published in 1995, this rewritten edition offers a non-technical account of the probation service, its history, and its modern-day role. As well as an overview of work with offenders, it includes the role of the Court Welfare Service in family matters. The author, who has 30 years' experience in the probation service, also wrote "Paying Back: Twenty Years of Community Service" and "Tackling the Tag: The Electronic Monitoring of Offenders".
For many years, Dick Whitfield was chief probation officer for Kent and a prominent commentator on probation-related affairs. He is the author of three other Waterside Press works: Paying Back:Twenty Years of Community Service with David Scott, and Tackling the Tag: The Electronic Monitoring of Offenders, The Magic Bracelet: Technology and Offender Supervision - and also of The State of the Prisons: 200 Years On (Routledge, 1991).
The prisons/probation review; the effects of the Crime and Disorder Act 1978; a brief history of the probation service; the probation service today; in and out of court; on probation; hostels; community service; work in prisons; release on licence; youth justice; the work of the family court; appendices - qualifying training for the probation service, useful addresses, summary of national standards.