This short paper briefly summarises the case for the development of a new paradigm for social work with offenders drawn from reviews of 'desistance' research that is, from studies that explore the processes by which offenders stop offending.
The Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) of the Community Order can be given to offenders in England who have an identified mental health problem and have consented to receiving readily available treatment. This paper lays out what is known so far about the MHTR and further areas for investigation concerning its operation.
Report on the inspection of the assessment and management offenders who present a high risk of serious harm by SWIA, HMICS and HMIP.
Report providing an overview of statistics and information to help demonstrate the link between crime and the achievement of Scotland's principal targets and provoke thought and discussion about the future development of services.
Report providing a profile of the population detained in medium and high secure hospitals in England. It also considers issues such as are forensic services an appropriate form of diversion and would social, community-based, interventions be more appropriate and cost-effective?
Report assessing the case for diversion for offenders with mental health problems from a value for money viewpoint. It concludes from the evidence that well-designed arrangements for diversion have the potential to produce many benefits such as cost and efficiency savings within the criminal justice system and improvements in mental health.
Report providing a review of the inspection activities of HMIP in Scotland as well as reporting on the issues of severe and enduring mental health problems in Scotland's prisons and young offenders in adult establishments.
Report of a joint inspection which scrutinised arrangements for managing offenders whose past offending meant they might pose a serious threat of harm in the future. The report identifies what is working well, what needs to improve and makes recommendations for improvements to the Scottish Government.
Report presenting the findings and recommendations of a study which explored the extent to which information sharing issues were either hampering or facilitating the frontline delivery of Public Service Agreement 16, designed to promote better housing and employment outcomes for socially excluded groups, for adult offenders under probation supervision in England.
Paper investigating the relationship between homelessness and offending and describing supported accommodation services provided by Sacro for offenders in Scotland. It also summarises the principal findings from research on the impact of supported accommodation for offenders and highlights issues for practitioners which come out of the research.