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Multi-agency working in criminal justice
Control and care in contemporary correctional practice

Aaron Pycroft, Dennis Gough
Paperback, 272 pages, 240 x 172 mm
Other formats available
01 Jul 2010


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"This is an engaging and interesting collection.......there is much of interest here for the general reader and it will prove a useful learning tool for students engaging with the concept of multi-agency working."
Ian Paylor, British Journal of Social Work
"I highly recommend a read of this text as it provides a realistic view of the implementation challenges associated with multi-agency working and presents strategies for making such collaborations more effective."
Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice
"The authors provide an informed and wide ranging perspective, which provides a comprehensive and clear picture to the reader."
European Journal of Probation
"The wide-ranging chapters provide in-depth reviews and important insights into multi-agency work across the criminal justice system, acknowledging the challenges and tensions inherent in recent developments. This is a valuable resource for academics and students and key reading for policy makers, managers and practitioners. "
Jill Annison, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Plymouth Law School, University of Plymouth

About This Book

This textbook brings together for the first time theory, policy and skills relevant to working in a multi agency setting within the criminal justice system. It comes at an important time as the professional qualifying arrangements for probation officers are changing, along with the development of a mixed economy of correctional practice. The book outlines the legislative and policy framework in the criminal justice system, and evaluates professional and organisational conflicts within multi agency contexts as well as highlighting key offender groups, and issues associated with desistance from crime. It is essential reading for all students and practitioners involved in or studying correctional work, through the Probation or Prison services, or other agencies.

Author Biography

Aaron Pycroft is is Senior Lecturer in Addiction Studies in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. His primary teaching and research interests are in substance misuse, multi-agency working and the application of complexity theory to policy and practice in the delivery of rehabilitation services. Dennis Gough is Senior Lecturer in Penology with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. He teaches and researches in the broad fields of punishment, prisons and their respective alternatives. His PhD research is concerned with the governance of corrections


The policy context for the mixed economy of service provision ~ Aaron Pycroft
The corrections context ~ Dennis Gough
Reflective and practice skills for effective partnership working ~ John Howard and Helen Davis
Clients or offenders? The case for clarity of purpose in multi-agency working ~ Carrie Skinner
The diversity agenda in criminal justice ~ Mark Mitchell
MAPPA and risk ~ Aileen Watson and Suzie Clift
Collaboration or obstruction? The duty to cooperate under MAPPA ~ Mike Nash
Resettlement ~ Gerry Parkinson
From pillar to post: multi-agency working with women offenders ~ Rachel Goldhill
Multi-agency work with victims of domestic violence ~ Jacki Tapley
Supporting desistance: education, training and employment of offenders ~ Andy Bain
Supporting those with mental health needs passing through the criminal justice system ~ Jane Winstone and Francis Pakes
The partnership approach to drug misuse ~ Bernie Heath
Dual diagnosis ~ Anne Rees
Multi-agency work with offenders ~ Sarah Hilder
Background and context of multi-agency working within the youth justice system ~ Nick Pamment
Conclusion: Does multi agency working equate with effective practice ~ Aaron Pycroft and Dennis Gough.


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