To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Learning disability training and probation officer knowledge

Margaret Townsend (Offending Behaviour Intervention Service, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Radlett, UK)
Jayne Henry (National Probation Service, Lancaster, UK)
Rachel R. Holt (Offending Behaviour Intervention Service, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Radlett, UK)

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour

ISSN: 2050-8824

Article publication date: 31 January 2020

Issue publication date: 30 April 2020

222

Abstract

Purpose

Knowledge about learning disabilities has found to be limited in both health and social care staff. To improve the treatment of individuals with learning disabilities and mental health problems within the criminal justice system (CJS), Lord Bradley recommends that professionals receive mental health and learning disability awareness training. However, little is known about the impact of training on the knowledge of professionals in the CJS. This study aims to investigate the impact of a 3-h learning disability training session on the knowledge of probation officers.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a repeated measures design, the impact of a 3-h learning disability training session on the knowledge of 12 probation officers was analysed.

Findings

In support of this study’s hypothesis, a repeated measures t-test revealed a significant difference between participants pre-training and post-training learning disability knowledge questionnaire (LDKQ) scores. Participants scored significantly higher on the LDKQ post-training compared to pre-training. A linear regression revealed that years worked in probation did not significantly predict participant’s difference scores.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations of this study and directions for future studies are discussed.

Originality/value

This paper demonstrates that learning disability training can significantly improve the knowledge of probation officers.

Keywords

Citation

Townsend, M., Henry, J. and Holt, R.R. (2020), "Learning disability training and probation officer knowledge", Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 117-131. https://doi.org/10.1108/JIDOB-10-2019-0018

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles