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Offenders in focusRisk, responsivity and diversity$
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Kathryn Farrow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347879

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347879.001.0001

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Offenders in focus

Kathryn Farrow

Gill Kelly

Bernadette Wilkinson

Policy Press

This final chapter sums up the key ideas about risk, responsivity and diversity, spelling out the messages for practice along the way. In Part One, the book introduced the concepts of risk, responsivity and diversity, having briefly charted the changing nature of face-to-face work with offenders. In Part Two, the text explored the issue of working with offender groups who fall outside the majority, adult, white, male offenders. The chapters, which focused on offenders from certain groups (women, young people, and minority ethnic offenders), suggested that their diversity should be appreciated and stated that this will have implications in terms of how they are worked with. Part Three examined the issues of mental disorder, substance misuse and poor basic skills, because of their prevalence in offender populations. Part Four tackled the issue of responding to offenders who illustrate different aspects of risk, in terms of the risk of reoffending and the degree of harm they may pose to others.

Keywords:   risk, responsivity, diversity, face-to-face work, offenders, mental disorder, substance misuse, poor basic skills, reoffending

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