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Working with Offenders

Working with Offenders
Issues, Contexts and Outcomes

Edited by:
  • Tim May - Cardiff University, UK, University of Sheffield, UK, University of Salford, UK
  • Antony A Vass - Private Practice

288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Given rapid new changes in the training of social workers and probation officers, Working with Offenders examines the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for those who work with offenders. This practical volume is designed to look at areas of central importance to the evolving roles of practitioners, while at the same time offering a critical appraisal of policies and requirements that guide these roles and tasks. The contributors examine the issues that inform practice, the contexts in which working with offenders takes place, and the outcomes of good practice. Written in an accessible style by experienced academics and professionals, Working with Offenders will enable students and professionals in social work and criminal justice to critically evaluate knowledge in relation to practice.
Tim May and Antony A Vass
The Shifting Sands of Working with Offenders

Mike Nellis
Probation Training
The Links with Social Work

Gwyneth Boswell
The Essential Skills of Probation Work
David Denney
Discrimination and Anti-Discrimination in Probation
Ellis Finkelstein
Values in Context
Quality Assurance, Autonomy and Accountability

Karen Buckley
Masculinity, the Probation Service and the Causes of Offending Behaviour
Simon Holdaway
The Role of Probation Committees in Policing the Development of the Probation Service
David Smith
Pre-Sentence Reports
Antony A Vass
Community Penalties
The Politics of Punishment

Brian Williams
The Transition from Prison to Community
Bob Broad
New Partnerships in Work with Offenders and Crime Prevention Work
Daniel Gilling
Crime Prevention
Peter Raynor
Evaluating Probation
The Rehabilitation of Effectiveness


`As a practitioner I found it helpful and illuminating to find all the key debates and issues, together with some summaries available research and evidence, in one volume' - Youth and Policy

`A recurrent theme is the increasing centralisation of probation policy, increasing managerialism and the implications thereof for professional autonomy and accountability.... In conveying clearly the context of contemporary probation practice, this book will be of particular value to students on courses which themselves, ironically, have fallen victim to centralised initiatives that deny the relevance of social work values and skills to work with offenders' - Community Care

Tim May

Tim May originally trained and worked as an agricultural engineer. After his PhD (1990), he was appointed to a lectureship at Plymouth (1989-95) and then moved to the University of Durham (1995-99) and was appointed at Salford in 1999. He became Director of the Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures in 2001. He is currently Professor of Social Science Methodology and Director of Research at the Sheffield Methods Institute, University of Sheffield. He has held research grants from many sources including: ESRC; EPSRC; AHRC; Mistra (Swedish Environmental Research Foundation; Regional Development Agencies; Core Cities Group; Office... More About Author

Anthony Andreas Vass