Risk Aversion and Anxiety in Scottish Criminal Justice Social Work: Can Desistance and Human Rights Agendas Have an Impact?

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    Abstract

    This article explores the difficulty that criminal justice social work (CJSW) might have in implementing a desistance approach to work with offenders. Supporting desistance requires responsive, autonomous social workers and this article questions whether criminal justice agencies, characterised by risk aversion and managerialism, would be able to tolerate the anxiety this would inevitably, and properly, generate. Suggestions are made regarding the place of desistance work within a positive human rights framework, which might provide a force against the corrosive progression of popular punitivism - a major factor in the persistence of risk averse, managerial practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-90
    Number of pages14
    JournalHoward Journal of Criminal Justice
    Volume52
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

    Keywords

    • disjuncture
    • Desistance
    • ontological anxiety
    • risk
    • Human Rights

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    Ethical stress in Scottish criminal justice social work

    Author: Fenton, J., 2013

    Supervisor: Kelly, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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