What Else Works?

What Else Works?

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This book has developed out of a growing awareness amongst practitioners that centralized notions of what works and 'one size fits all' approaches to work with offenders and other groups are inevitably limited in their scope and effectiveness. This reopens the door on 'what works, with whom and in what circumstances?' - the idea that successful intervention can come from a number of different approaches, linked to individual difference.The book argues that it may be unhelpful to continually think of probation service users as 'offenders' and socially excluded people as 'problems' to be managed and treated, and seeks to consider more creative alternatives to reduce both re-offending and social exclusion - for example in working separately with women, black and minority ethnic groups, local community-focussed projects, in education and nature and conservation programmes.Creative work with offenders has a long history, but this has been marginalised by centralist tendencies in probation practice and research for over a decade. However, increasingly, such top-down approaches are being seen to be ineffective and inflexible. This book offers an opportunity to both re-examine practices that have become obscured and to explore current examples and opportunities for such creative work with a range of service user groups.This book is aimed at probation, youth justice, criminal justice and social care staff, academics, students and policy makers, in line with the Editors' vision of bringing together theory, policy and practice in an iterative, critically constructive relationship. It will appeal to students on criminal justice, criminology and social work courses, professionals operating in these fields as well as the wider audience of professionals and academics who may enagage with these 'service users' from a range of policy and practice perspectives. It will also be of relevance to those involved in social inclusion and supported housing.2004). The whole pathfinder enterprise was dogged by problems, including shortages of staff and of suitable offenders, ... We would speculate that they do not fit within what McCullough and McNeill (2007) call a#39;commodifieda#39; public services.

Title:What Else Works?
Author:Jo Brayford, Francis Cowe, John Deering
Publisher:Routledge - 2010


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