Kemshall, Hazel and Weaver, Beth (2012) The sex offender public disclosure pilots in England and Scotland : lessons for ‘marketing strategies’ and risk communication with the public. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 12 (5). pp. 549-565. ISSN 1748-8958Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
In 2009 a sex offender public disclosure scheme was piloted in England and Scotland based upon political and policy assumptions about the public’s likely take-up of such a scheme. However, the pilots found lower than anticipated public use of the scheme. By drawing on the notions of instrumental and symbolic efficacy this article explores the potential implications of the current rate of take-up. Is the instrumental efficacy of the scheme, that is, its role in providing advice and information to the public about sex offenders mitigated by low take-up? Does the scheme offer symbolic reassurance to the public about sex offender management and how might this be affected by current take-up rates? The public response to disclosure is also examined through the lens of recent risk communication research, in particular Health Promotion models that critique a simplistic ‘hypodermic’ approach to risk communication. Finally, the symbolic efficacy of public disclosure is examined with specific reference to Jackson and Gray’s (2010) ‘functional fear’.
|Keywords:||functional fear, risk, symbolic efficacy, sex offenders, public disclosure, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Law|
|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:||27 Jan 2012 11:48|
|Last modified:||27 Apr 2016 18:09|