Handbook of Probation

by Loraine Gelsthorpe, Rod Morgan

This Handbook provides a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date source of information and analysis about all aspects of the work of the Probation Service.

It takes full account of the many changes that the Probation Service has undergone over the last few years, and is currently undergoing as probation becomes part of the broader National Offender Management Service. Contributors to the book are drawn from leading academics and practitioners in the field, drawing upon the best expertise available. Running through the book is a concern with a range of key current issues such as addressing the diversity of offenders and creating effective links with other criminal justice agencies, and it includes perspectives from both probation service staff and from offenders and victims.

This book is an essential text for practitioners, trainees and students of probation and those studying it as part of a wider criminology or criminal justice course.


  • Taylor and Francis; May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781134014910
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Handbook of Probation
  • Author: Loraine Gelsthorpe (ed.); Rod Morgan (ed.)
  • Imprint: Willan

In The Press

'The year 2007 marks the centenary of the statutory inauguration of the probation service in England and Wales, but it also sees the presentation to Parliament of a Bill that will − in the name of contestability − radically alter the organizational arrangements for delivering the traditional tasks of the service. In this turbulent context, the appearance of an authoritative and comprehensive Handbook of Probation, edited and written by acknowledged experts, is most timely and relevant.'Sir Anthony Bottoms Emeritus Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Cambridge University

'The distinguished editors have assembled a team of distinguished contributors to produce a substantial and authoritative collection. It will quickly become, and should remain, an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the present state of probation services in the United Kingdom, and in how they might develop.' Professor David Smith, University of Lancaster


About The Author

Loraine Gelsthorpe is Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Director of the MPhil Programme in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; she is also a Fellow of Pembroke College.

Rod Morgan is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bristol and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Until February 2007 he was Chairman of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales and prior to that, HM Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales.