Realising potential: community service, prosocial modelling and desistance

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    Abstract

    Recent attention to the question of ‘what works?’ in supporting desistance, coupled with the emergence of a number of research studies which suggest that Community Service (CS) might be effective in reducing recidivism, has contributed to growing interest in the rehabilitative potential of CS. Informed by this context, this paper reports on the findings of a small scale Scottish study which set out to evaluate the impact of pro-social modelling training on the practice of CS supervision within a local authority team. The study indicates that the training had a positive impact on CS supervision – most accurately described as a validation or development of existing approaches. However, the findings also highlight areas of limitation in training impact and, in doing so, present a rationale for attending to a number of key areas if CS is to realise its potential and assist offenders in their efforts towards desistance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-22
    Number of pages20
    JournalEuropean Journal of Probation
    Volume2
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    • Pro-social modelling
    • Offenders
    • Desistance

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    In: European Journal of Probation, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010, p. 3-22.

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