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21st century social work: reducing re-offending - key practice skills

McNeill, F. and Batchelor, S. and Burnett, R. and Knox, J. (2005) 21st century social work: reducing re-offending - key practice skills. Working paper. Scottish Executive, Edinburgh.

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Abstract

This literature review was commissioned by the Scottish Executive’s Social Work Services Inspectorate in order to support the work of the 21st Century Social Work Review Group. Discussions in relation to the future arrangements for criminal justice social work raised issues about which disciplines might best encompass the requisite skills for reducing re-offending in the community. Rather than starting with what is known or understood about the skills of those professionals currently involved in such interventions, this study sought to start with the research evidence on effective work with offenders to reduce re-offending and then work its way back to the skills required to promote this outcome.