How can evidence-based skills and practices reduce re-offending, support desistance, and encourage service user engagement during supervision in criminal justice settings? How can those who work with service users in these settings apply these skills and practices?
This book is the first to bring together international research on skills and practices in probation and youth justice, while exploring the wider contexts that affect their implementation in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Wide-ranging in scope, it also covers effective approaches to working with diverse groups such as ethnic minority service users, women and young people.
Pamela Ugwudike is associate professor in criminology at the University of Southampton. Her research projects have focused on criminal justice practice and they have been funded by the Welsh Government, the Youth Justice Board, the National Probation Service, and the Prison Advice and Care Trust.
Peter Raynor is a former probation officer and qualified social worker, now emeritus research professor in criminology and criminal justice at Swansea University, where he has worked since 1975.
Jill Annison is associate professor in criminal justice studies at Plymouth University. Her career as a practitioner, in teaching and as a researcher, has focused on women offenders.
"I’m often asked what practitioners can do to encourage and support desistance from crime. Now I know exactly what to tell them: read this book! This remarkable collection reviews the evidence base for everything from emotional work in probation to the recruitment of ex-offender engagement workers. It is an essential resource for understanding effective rehabilitation." Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, University Manchester
"A well-articulated and comparative evidence base for the construction of effective working relationships in probation practice....a must read for practitioners and policy makers." Dr Aaron Pycroft, University of Portsmouth