This textbook brings together for the first time theory, policy and skills relevant to working in a multi agency setting within the criminal justice system. It comes at an important time as the professional qualifying arrangements for probation officers are changing, along with the development of a mixed economy of correctional practice. The book outlines the legislative and policy framework in the criminal justice system, and evaluates professional and organisational conflicts within multi agency contexts as well as highlighting key offender groups, and issues associated with desistance from crime. It is essential reading for all students and practitioners involved in or studying correctional work, through the Probation or Prison services, or other agencies.
Aaron Pycroft is is Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. His primary teaching and research interests are in substance misuse, multi-agency working and the application of complexity theory to policy and practice in the delivery of rehabilitation services. Dennis Gough is Senior Lecturer in Penology with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. He teaches and researches in the broad fields of punishment, prisons and their respective alternatives. His PhD research is concerned with the governance of corrections
Contents: The policy context for the mixed economy of service provision ~ Aaron Pycroft; The corrections context ~ Dennis Gough; Reflective and practice skills for effective partnership working ~ John Howard and Helen Davis; Clients or offenders? The case for clarity of purpose in multi-agency working ~ Carrie Skinner; The diversity agenda in criminal justice ~ Mark Mitchell; MAPPA and risk ~ Aileen Watson and Suzie Clift; Collaboration or obstruction? The duty to cooperate under MAPPA ~ Mike Nash; Resettlement ~ Gerry Parkinson; From pillar to post: multi-agency working with women offenders ~ Rachel Goldhill; Multi-agency work with victims of domestic violence ~ Jacki Tapley; Supporting desistance: education, training and employment of offenders ~ Andy Bain; Supporting those with mental health needs passing through the criminal justice system ~ Jane Winstone and Francis Pakes; The partnership approach to drug misuse ~ Bernie Heath; Dual diagnosis ~ Anne Rees; Multi-agency work with offenders ~ Sarah Hilder; Background and context of multi-agency working within the youth justice system ~ Nick Pamment; Conclusion: Does multi agency working equate with effective practice ~ Aaron Pycroft and Dennis Gough.