Offenders in Focus: Risk, Responsivity and Diversity by Kathryn Farrow

By Kathryn Farrow

Greatly has been written approximately constructing powerful perform opposed to a backdrop of fast swap in legal justice prone. a lot of this can be research-oriented and never constantly available to practitioners of their daily paintings. This ebook adjustments that. Drawing on examine and integrating this with practitioner adventure, the e-book creates clean, research-based 'practice knowledge' for enticing successfully with offenders. It explores problems with hazard, responsivity and variety within the context of labor with particular criminal and offending behaviour teams as a method to spotlight these abilities and understandings appropriate around the wider diversity of labor environments. The authors holiday down advanced rules to allow functional program, and every bankruptcy comprises questions for mirrored image and perform improvement. With its available kind, balancing educational rigour with transparent tips that could top perform this publication will curiosity everybody operating nose to nose with offenders. It recognises that there are not any rapid suggestions to altering offending behaviour yet presents a convention guide that may motivate a feeling of competence and self assurance, improving readers' ability and exuberance, whilst operating with a large spectrum of offenders.

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Indeed, responsivity is a fundamental principle of the effective practice agenda alongside the emphasis upon offence-focused work (Andrews and Bonta, 1994; Home Office, 1998). Work with women offenders requires practitioners to take a detailed and multidimensional approach to responsivity, extending its application beyond simply the design and delivery of offence-focused programmes. Achieving a detailed understanding of individual pathways into crime, of the barriers to engagement and of appropriate routes into desistance requires active participation from the offender throughout.

It rejects the idea of a unitary reality, favouring complexity over certainty, valuing “plurality, diversity, difference and openness” (Gelsthorpe, 2002: 114). It promotes diversity and resists easy or ‘off the shelf ’ explanations for individual behaviour. Each of these theoretical perspectives has a place in helping practitioners to think through why women offend and make decisions about the content of work and the manner of its delivery. It might also be unwise to disregard the traditional approaches to work with women, those that lead to an emphasis upon welfare and relationships and which feminist criminology sought to move away from.

Opportunity: which will include available targets or victims, as well as having the skills to undertake a criminal activity. For many women offenders their individual experience of life may determine the range of opportunities available to them. Statistics show that not only is theft and handling the most prevalent type of offence amongst women, but, within this offending, theft from shops is by far the most frequent expression of this behaviour. Furthermore, in terms of violence, Fitzroy (2001) indicates that women are unlikely to harm people with whom they do not have an interpersonal relationship.

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