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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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The changing face of practice

The changing face of practice

(p.7) one The changing face of practice
Offenders in focus

Kathryn Farrow

Gill Kelly

Bernadette Wilkinson

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the development of practice with adult offenders, along with far-reaching changes that have taken place in how society views and responds to offending by young people. There has been a growth of the number and range of professionals and organisations involved in work with offenders both adults and young people. As the delivery of practice has become more diverse, so too have understandings of crime and those who commit it. The relative simplicity of the original police court missionary's role has given way to more complex and complicated responses to crime; responses which require policy, coordination and management. This chapter briefly touches on some of the developments that have taken place over the last century in face-to-face work with offenders. It emphasises the changing nature of the worker-offender relationship and its continued importance as an alliance in the process of managing change. It also discusses organisational changes and case management, the ‘What Works’ initiative and the development of effective practice, and the risk of reoffending.

Keywords:   practice, adult offenders, young people, crime, face-to-face work, coordination, case management, organisational changes, What Works, risk

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