Running on the treadmill: Practitioner experiences of mass supervision

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Cracknell, M. 2022. Running on the treadmill: Practitioner experiences of mass supervision. European Journal of Probation. 14 (2), pp. 109-127. https://doi.org/10.1177/20662203221104925
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TitleRunning on the treadmill: Practitioner experiences of mass supervision
AuthorsCracknell, M.
Abstract

This article explores the impacts that the addition of individuals serving short sentences has had on daily practice and working culture for probation workers. These practitioner perspectives are explored through the lens of ‘mass supervision’, providing a new insight into the harms and implications for its inherent deskilling qualities and constraints. This empirical research underlines three main themes related to the harms caused by mass supervision: firstly, that it inhibits innovative practice; secondly, that it necessitates a more limited model of supervision that undermines practitioner autonomy and the reach and scope of the supervisory relationship; and thirdly, that mass supervision corrodes the values of probation staff, leaving many experienced practitioners struggling ethically, practically and emotionally. The experience of mass supervision is compared to a treadmill by several practitioners and employed as a metaphor to analyse practice in the confines of mass supervision as generic, monotonous and relentless.

Keywordsresettlement; short sentences; The Offender Rehabilitation Act; the treadmill; Transforming Rehabilitation; mass supervision
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSage
JournalEuropean Journal of Probation
ISSN2066-2203
Electronic2066-2203
Publication dates
Online27 May 2022
Print31 Aug 2022
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Jun 2022
Accepted04 May 2022
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