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A new paradigm for social work with offenders?

McNeill, F. (2006) A new paradigm for social work with offenders? UNSPECIFIED.

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In an influential article published in 1979, Bottoms and McWilliams proposed the adoption of a 'non-treatment paradigm' for social work practice with offenders. Their argument rested on a careful analysis not only of empirical evidence about the ineffectiveness of rehabilitative treatment but also of theoretical, moral and philosophical questions about such interventions. By 1994, emerging evidence about the potential effectiveness of some intervention programmes was sufficient to lead Raynor and Vanstone to suggest significant revisions to the 'non treatment paradigm'. In this article, it is argued that a different but equally relevant form of empirical evidence - that derived from desistance studies - suggests a need to reevaluate these earlier paradigms for criminal justice social work practice.

Item type: Other
ID code: 37136
Notes: This is a much abbreviated version of an article entitled 'A Desistance Paradigm for Offender Management' which was published in the journal 'Criminology and Criminal Justice' January (McNeill, 2006). We are grateful to the editors of that journal for permission to use the material here. Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Keywords: criminal justice, social work practice, offender management, desistance, Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 16:24
Last modified: 12 Dec 2015 11:56

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