Reparation and Victim-Focused Social Work

Reparation and Victim-Focused Social Work

Reparation and Victim-Focused Social Work

Reparation and Victim-Focused Social Work

Synopsis

Reparation and the place of the victim in the criminal justice process have been the focus of recent legislation and policy initiatives. As a result practitioners are required to place more emphasis on working with victims. The contributors to this book bring together research material from the wide range of disciplines involved and present an overview of the information needed for effective practice.They examine the practicalities of reparation orders, family group conferencing, restorative cautioning schemes and the workings of youth offending teams. They also evaluate the effects of legislation such as the Crime and Disorder Act and the Victim's Charter and explore issues raised by specific types of crime such as urban and rural crime, 'hate crimes' and male violence in the home. This book is essential reading for all agencies and individuals working with offenders and their victims.

Excerpt

Reparation by offenders to the victims of crime has undergone a spectacular revival in the United Kingdom since the late 1990s, but the new policies governing its use have not always been informed by research. Similarly, the social and probation services and youth offending teams have had to undertake increasing amounts of work with the victims of crime, often prompted by new legislation, but staff awareness of issues relating to victimisation has lagged behind, at a time when new initiatives are being introduced with great frequency and speed. Here again, the findings of relevant research have much to offer both policy-makers and practitioners, although they have not necessarily been directly drawn upon in devising policy or in designing new programmes in practice.

Research on work with victims of crime is reported in an unusually wide range of journals, and the researchers involved in it straddle a variety of disciplines including sociology, criminology, social work and law. That range is reflected among the contributors to this collection, and in the chapters themselves, but the book brings a summary of much of this material together in one place with a view to making it more accessible to practitioners. The chapters both summarise relevant research and describe what has been found to be effective practice. The contributors include experts in their academic fields and experienced practitioners who have contributed significantly to the developments described.

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