About

‘Probation in Objects’ is our research in which participants provide a visual representation (object) of how they feel about their experiences of the Probation Service. Through this collective effort, we want to capture the significance of ‘Probation’ in the United Kingdom and internationally from those who have lived it. These are exceptional times, with the reformation of probation in England and Wales and the global impact of the pandemic. This reminds us of the importance of recording shared experiences for past, current and future generations.

This project builds on the excellent work by Mark Doel, who inspired our research with his book Social Work in 40 Objects. Please visit Mark’s site for inspiration: Social Work in 40 Objects. Mark has continued his work with colleagues at Universidad de los Lagos in Osorno, southern Chile who are developing their own sister site to Social Work in 40 Objects – you can see it here at http://40objetos.ulagos.cl/galeria/

You can read about our project in issue 18, 2020 of the Probation Quarterly, Developing Object-Based Social Work and Probation Practice.

Andrew Fowler

Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. He worked in probation in various roles starting out in Education, Training and Employment. Then going on to train as a Probation Officer, working in prisons, courts and the community.

He worked as a Practice Tutor Assessor before moving into academia. Andrew’s main teaching responsibilities are on the Professional Qualification in Probation. Andrew has published work with themes relating to emotional labour, pracademia, higher education, community hubs and professional curiosity in probation work. Andrew is currently working on research alongside people with sexual convictions. Here is a link to Andrew’s profile at Sheffield Hallam University if you would like to know more.

Tom Brown

Tom is also a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. He worked in probation in South Yorkshire and then the ‘North East’ region. As a front-line Probation Officer he specialised in Drug Rehabilitation, Integrated Offender Management, Prolific and Priority Offenders before becoming Sheffield’s lead Guns and Gangs Probation officer. He worked as a Practice Tutor Assessor in the North East for 5 years before moving into academia.

Charlotte Oliver

Charlotte is an associate researcher on this project alongside her PhD in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. Her doctoral research looks into probation supervision for people with a sexual offence conviction.

Here is a link to Charlotte’s profile at Sheffield Hallam University if you would like to know more.