Organisational change, increasing managerialism and social work values in the Belgian Houses of Justice, Department of Offender Guidance

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  • Aline Bauwens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

This paper examines the impact of organisational change in the Belgian Houses of Justice, Department of Offender Guidance. The change that occurred in the Houses of Justice can be defined as incremental change. While Belgian probation has been managerialised in its processes and to a lesser extent its practices, it has not been subjected to the same shift in its purposes. However, one question currently remains: can the increasing emphasis on managerialism leave the social work values and aims of the Houses of Justice in place, or not?

Keywords: Probation, Organisational change, Social work, Managerialism, Values

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