1st Edition

The Routledge Guide to Working in Criminal Justice Employability skills and careers in the Criminal Justice sector

    332 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    332 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Every year thousands of people compete for employment in the UK. Employability and the ability to demonstrate the skills, attributes and behaviours required in a full-time job have become integral to securing employment and developing a career. This book aims to offer a one-stop guide to becoming employable and to careers in the Criminal Justice Sector and beyond, exploring the key organizations and employers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, explaining how they operate and detailing how they are changing.

    Written in an engaging and accessible style by four experts on employability and the Criminal Justice Sector, this book combines useful hints on becoming employable with helpful insights from those working in specific sectors. The book covers careers in:

    • probation,
    • the police,
    • prisons,
    • the courts, prosecution services and advocacy,
    • youth justice.

    Packed with hints and tips, advice from current students, useful web links and lists of recommended reading, this book provides a clear guide to the career decision-making and transition processes and covers the essential elements required to making the first step towards securing a job in the above sectors. It will be essential reading for those who want to forge a successful career in any area of the Criminal Justice Sector.

    1. Introduction to the book  2. Introduction to The Criminal Justice System  3. Routes into Criminal Justice Careers  4. Becoming Employable  5. Working in Probation  6. Working in the Police  7. Working in Prisons  8. Working in Courts, Prosecution Services and Advocacy  9. Working in Youth Justice  10. Alternative Options: Pursuing Other Careers in Criminal Justice  11. Final Thoughts: Moving Forward and Developing a Successful Career.


    Ester Ragonese is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law at Liverpool John Moores University. She spent the early part of her career working in the probation service as a probation officer and prior to her appointment at John Moores, she was a lecturer in Probation Studies at Liverpool University. Ester has a particular interest in issues relating to diversity/ inequality in the criminal justice system, the management and treatment of drug users, the homeless and the practice of punishment. More recently, Ester has developed an interest in the issue of employability and, within her team, takes the lead on this area. She is currently the module leader for a module which focuses on Professional Development within Criminal Justice.

    Anne Rees is a Senior Lecturer and Regional Tutor for the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. She has been involved in the development and the delivery of the Probation Qualifications Framework. Anne has been teaching in higher education for over 10 years and prior to this she had developed a rewarding career in the Merseyside Probation Service. She held a range of positions including: Probation Officer, Acting Senior and Practice Development Officer, where she then developed the role of lead trainer in the roll out of OASys in Merseyside Probation. Anne’s areas of specific interest include Risk Assessment, Dangerousness, Drug Misuse and Mental Health. She continues to be involved in the front line services as a volunteer Panel Member with the Merseyside Youth Offending Team.

    Jo Ives is Deputy Director of the World of Work Centre at Liverpool John Moores University, with over 30 years of teaching experience in secondary, further and higher education. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jo has presented at many international conferences and works as a consultant with Universities and Ministries of Higher Education in developing and delivering support for senior managers, assisting the Higher Education development and implementation of Graduate Employability models in Malaysia, Jordan, and Egypt and, most recently, in universities in Morocco and Tunisia.

    Terry Dray is Director of the Graduate Advancement, Employer Engagement and Alumni Relations at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He started his career as a police officer and has worked in higher education for 20 years, holding management positions at Oxford University, where he was Director of the Career Service, Warwick University and The University of Manchester. He provides consultancy and training for universities and government departments across the world and particularly in North Africa, the Middle East, Malaysia and the U.S.A.

    ‘This book offers a new way of thinking about taking up employment in the Criminal Justice sector. In easy-to-follow steps it educates the reader about the Criminal Justice System and provides a constructive approach to decision-making around what type of employment and in which part of the Criminal Justice System the reader may want to work. The authors clearly understand the demands of employment in this sector and engage the reader in a consistently thought-provoking style.’— Dr. Jane Winstone, Principal Lecturer in Community Justice, University of Portsmouth, UK

    ‘This book is a very welcome resource that will be helpful to students, educators, careers professionals and those in the early stages of criminal justice careers. It is comprehensive, informative, accessible and very thoroughly researched. The book is organised in a very user-friendly way, with the reflection points, action points and mini case studies being easy to find and helpful to the reader’s practical understanding of the routes into criminal justice work.

    There are a plethora of useful additional resources, including websites, provided to aid further investigation. A very helpful read.’— Paul Gaunt, Director of Careers and Employability, University of Chester, UK

    'The aim of the book is "to offer a one-stop guide to becoming employable and to careers in the criminal justice sector and beyond."  It succeeds admirably by providing inside information about the profession and by challenging those interested in criminal justice fields to really think about their roles in the profession. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels.' — K. Evans, Indiana State University, CHOICE Reviews