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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): MXPC
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1932-1984
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 10.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Middlesex Area Probation Service
Middlesex County Probation Committee


Administrative/Biographical history:

The first Probation Officers were appointed in 1907 under the Probation of Offenders Act 1907. In the 1920s it became a requirement for courts to appoint a Probation Officer. Female Probation Officers were first introduced in the 1950s. In 1972 Community Service was brought in as an alternative sentencing option to prison. Hostels (now called Approved Premises) were introduced to increase public protection and supervision of dangerous offenders in the 1980s. In 2001 Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) were introduced, so that probation, police, prisons and other agencies can work together to manage dangerous offenders in the community. In 2004 the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) was formed by merging HM Prison Service and the National Probation Service.

London Probation has been protecting the public and rehabilitating offenders in London since 2001. Before then, five separate organisations provided probation services in London on a regional basis;

South West London Probation Service
South East London Probation Service
North East London Probation Service
Inner London Probation Service
Middlesex Probation Service

The merger in 2001 brought together all five organisations so that London Probation now provides probation services to the whole of London.

Source: (Accessed June 2009).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Area Probation Service, 1946-1984, including minutes and files of the Probation and After Care Committee relating to probation officers, staff appointments and personnel management, Home Office circulars, Court building programme, after-care hostels, approved probation hostels, bail hostels and community service. Also papers of the Petty Sessional Division, 1932-1982.

Records of the County Probation Committee, 1939-1969, including minute books, Staff Sub-Committee minute books, and Committee papers.

Please note that access to these files may be restricted.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

MXPC/01: Area Probation Service; MXPC/02: County Probation Committee.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records received in multiple accessions in 1987, 1998 and 2001 (ACC/2587, B98/153, B01/054).

Allied Materials

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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