The Development of Human Resources in the Probation Services. A Qualitative Analysis

Antonio SANDU

Abstract


We aim to highlight the perspectives of probation counsellors on their own professional development and strategies of career development, as a dimension of the social construction of the profession of the probation counsellor. The research was based on 12 interviews with probation counsellors, a focus group, and interviews with professionals in fields other than probation. Among the most important results is the existence of a high level of professional optimism and motivation, despite the high workloads of the professionals. The activity is developed in the context of a retributive collective mentality, the refraction of restorative and/or non-custodial solutions.


How  to  cite:  Sandu,  A.  (2017). The Development of Human Resources in the Probation Services. A Qualitative Analysis. Revista  Romaneasca  pentru  Educatie  Multidimensionala,  9(2),  56-92.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18662/rrem/2017.0902.04     


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probation counsellor; probation services; human resource; professionalism; professionalization

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