Residential Work with Sex Offenders: Places of Collusion and Segregation or Preparation for Resettlement and Reintegration

Francis Cowe, Carla Reeves

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    This chapter will explore the growing and sometimes publicly contentious use of probation-approved premises as a resource for both protecting the public and resettling sex offenders.

    Through a consideration of relevant literature and the findings from the studies by Reeves and Cowe, this chapter will explore the potential risks and opportunities that hostel accommodation offers and consider the potential good practice mechanisms and approaches that might might make best use of this resource, both in relation to containing and monitoring high-risk sex offenders being released from custody and in preparing them for an eventual move on into the community. It will critically consider some of the hidden and unintended consequences for both staff and offenders of grouping sex offenders together. Particular attention will be paid to mechanisms that promote interaction between such offenders and the implications of this grouping. The concept of a constructive regime will be considered alongside whether such premises are now functioning as places of containment or resettlement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSex Offenders: Punish, Help, Change or Control? - Theory, Policy and Practice Explored
    EditorsJo Brayford, Francis Cowe, John Deering
    Place of PublicationLondon
    ISBN (Electronic)9781136292200, 9780203114735
    ISBN (Print)9780415676984
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2012

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice


    • sex offenders
    • residential rehabilitation
    • resettlement
    • child sexual abuse
    • sexual abuse
    • probation hostels


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