Academic journal article British Journal of Community Justice

Multi-Agency Working in Criminal Justice: Control and Care in Contemporary Correctional Practice

Academic journal article British Journal of Community Justice

Multi-Agency Working in Criminal Justice: Control and Care in Contemporary Correctional Practice

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MULTI-AGENCY WORKING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE:

CONTROL AND CARE IN CONTEMPORARY

CORRECTIONAL PRACTICE

Pycroft, A. and Gough, D. (eds.) (2010). Bristol: Polity Press. pp.261 (pbk)

21.99[pounds sterling] ISBN 978 1 84742 453 2

This edited collection of sixteen essays is written by a group of academics, some of whom are practitioners as well specifically involved in delivering the professional qualification course to probation officers over the last decade.

The level of in-depth analytical discussion that the collection provides demonstrates a thorough understand of the topics, content and debates that preoccupy contemporary criminal justice in Britain. The contributors take us on an entire syllabus of the development and structure of multi-agency work. The first four chapters identify major issues, of the approach of policy-makers as simplistic notions of cause and effect. One chapter identifies major issues of how the values and ethics behind multi-agency working have shifted from cooperation and mutuality to competition and mixed market. Another that these provisions result in the service users receiving a fragmented experience. Each of the constituents' subjects of client work is addressed in a chapter: women, black and minority ethnic groups, persistent and dangerous offenders, children, victims of domestic violence, resettlement of offenders and offenders with mental health issues, substance misuse populations and youths. The final two chapters focus a little on the professionals themselves who make up these multi-agencies and explores the issues of reflective practice and the challenges towards probation work 'in an attempt to tame the beast of multi-agency working' (p.241).

The layout and format of the book is a credit to the editors, although quite voluminous in its content, each chapter systematically starts with bullet points of its aims. Some, but not all, provide an essay question and a summary of key points and/or points for further consideration, while all suggest further readings. These are all good tools for fellow lecturers and students who might use the book. …

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