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Travelling hopefully: desistance research and probation practice

McNeill, Fergus and Weaver, Beth (2010) Travelling hopefully: desistance research and probation practice. In: What Else Works? Creative Work with Offenders and Other Social Excluded People. Willan Publishing, Abingdon. ISBN 9781843927662

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Abstract

The book seeks to dispel the view of probation service users as 'offenders', and socially excluded people as 'problems' to be managed and treated, and instead considers more creative alternatives to reduce both re-offending and social exclusion. These include working separately with women, black and minority ethnic groups, local community-focussed projects, in education and nature and conservation programmes. The reader is encouraged to think about past and current policy, practice, and the relationship between practitioners and offenders or other socially excluded people. Questions are raised as to whether, and how, practice could be different and contributors explore the theme of creative and change-focussed practice or focus on a particular approach to a practice.