This book is about face-to-face work with offenders. It connects research and theory with practice, and explores how the key concepts of risk, responsivity and diversity can be applied in practice. By presenting ideas in an accessible form, it seeks to create a new ‘practice wisdom’ for engaging effectively with offenders. It sets out to capture some of the diverse sources of knowledge and ways of thinking about offenders and offending while seeking throughout to link that diversity to understandings about risk and responsivity. It traces the history of how and why agencies have worked with offenders in the way that they do and outlines more recent effective practice developments. Chapters address a variety of topics, from women's offending and working with young offenders to ‘race’ and culture, how identity influences responsivity, mentally disordered offenders, the complex relationship between substance use and offending behaviour, the link between social exclusion and an offending lifestyle, violent offending and property crime (including burglary and theft).
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