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'Privatised probation staff: stressed, deskilled and facing job cuts'


'Last year 8,600 probation staff were outsourced. Now, with job insecurity and high workloads, many are questioning their professional identity.'

New research published on 23 February and carried out by Queen Mary University of London academics Dr Gill Kirton and Dr Cecile Guillaume reports on working conditions in the newly part-privatised probation service.

The researchers' findings are heavily featured in an article in yesterday's Guardian by Tamsin Rutter, which also utilises quotes from the researchers and their survey respondents: 

“The introduction of the profit motive is something that most find deeply offensive as public sector professionals,”

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