Learning on the job? Exploring first-year experiences of newly-qualified criminal justice social workers in Scotland

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    Abstract

    Little is known about the experiences of newly-qualified criminal justice practitioners as they enter the field of community justice for the first time. This article reports on isolated data on newly-qualified criminal justice social workers who participated in a national mixed-method study of readiness to practice in Scotland. Findings suggest that new staff felt well-prepared for practice, but many felt employers failed to provide adequate support and development opportunities. Participants report that disproportionate emphasis is placed on workload management during professional supervision sessions where learning needs and emotions are often underplayed. Professional guidance is often sought from informal sources.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-49
    Number of pages17
    JournalProbation Journal
    Volume64
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017

    Keywords

    • Criminal justice social workers
    • Practice cultures
    • Professional development
    • Professional socialization
    • Readiness
    • Training

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