Probation values and human rights

Authored by: Loraine Gelsthorpe

Handbook of Probation

Print publication date:  May  2007
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9781843921905
eBook ISBN: 9781843926184
Adobe ISBN: 9781134014910


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In his first speech as Prime Minister to the Labour Party Conference, on 30 September 1997, Tony Blair pronounced that ‘Our new society will have the same values as ever. It should be a compassionate society, but it is compassion with a hard edge.’ It is arguable that this notion of a hard edge now dominates within probation practice and this leads us to pose some questions about values and rights.

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