Special Edition of the European Journal of Probation
Dr Coral Sirdifield (CaHRU, University of Lincoln) and Professor Charlie Brooker (Royal Holloway, University of London) have edited a special edition of the European Journal of Probation, which was published in December 2022.
The special edition was titled ‘mental health and probation: moving towards reform and can be accessed at: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/EJP/current.
Alongside an editorial from Professor Brooker and Dr Sirdifield, it shares international descriptions of and learning from innovative probation practice for supporting people with mental illness on probation. Furthermore, it includes two papers describing the policy context within which work in this field is developing and key priorities for future practice development.
The following articles are included:
- Identifying mental illness and monitoring mental health in probation service settings (Brooker, C., Sirdifield, C., and Parkhouse, T.)
- Mental health and probation supervision in Ireland (Power, C., and McNally, G)
- Psychological Services to support probation in Northern Ireland and Malta (Avellino, C., O’Hare, G., and Scicluna, S)
- The role of the specialist mental health probation officer (Morick, Y., and Heitz, K)
- The bridging program for social reinsertion. Early detection of people with serious mental illness who are prosecuted in Spain (Alvarez-Crespo, R., Arroyo-Cobo, J.M., and Negredo-Lopez, L)
- The thematic review of mental health in probation in England and Wales (Buckley, L)
- What does Dame Carol Black’s review of drug and alcohol misuse services mean for probation services? (Ball, K)
We hope that the collection will be of interest to policy makers and criminal justice practitioners wishing to develop and refine processes for identifying and supporting people on probation with mental illness, and to those wishing to commission and evaluate innovative practice developments in this field.