Jessica Kingsley

Developments in Social Work with Offenders

Edition: 1st

Author: Gill McIvor & Peter Raynor

ISBN: 9781843105381

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price: £22.99

Publication Date: 2007

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Developments in Social Work with Offenders explains the organisational and legislative changes that have occurred in social work and probation across the UK in the past 10 years, in the context of the accumulating body of knowledge about what constitutes effective practice in the assessment, supervision and management of offenders in the community.

Three different aspects of working with offenders are covered: developments in policy; assessment, supervision and intervention; and issues and needs. Contributions from experts in the field discuss issues such as community 'punishment', case management, accreditation and resettlement. The continuing concern with promoting evidence-based solutions to crime is addressed, and this book will assist professionals working with offenders with making focused interventions supported by research.

This book will be essential reading for students of social work and probation and criminology, probation officers and social workers.

1. Introduction and Overview. Gill McIvor, Lancaster University, and Peter Raynor, University of Wales, Swansea. Part 1: Developments in Policy. 2. New Labour's Youth Justice: A Critical Assessment of the First Two Terms. Barry Goldson, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool. 3. Youth Justice: Developments in Scotland for the Twenty-First Century. Bill Whyte, University if Edinburgh. 4. Adult Offenders: Policy Developments in England and Wales. Sam Lewis, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds. 5. Developments in Probation in Scotland. Gill McIvor, Lancaster University, and Fergus McNeil, University of Glasgow. 6. Youth and Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland. Tim Chapman, Independent Consultant, Youth Justice, and David O'Mahoney, Durham University. 7. Accreditation. Sue Rex, National Offender Management Service, and Peter Raynor, University of Wales, Swansea. Part 2: Assessment, Supervision and Intervention. 8. Risk and Need Assessment. Jim Bonta, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Canada, and Steve Wormith, University of Saskatchewan. 9. Programmes for Probationers. James McGuire, University of Liverpool. 10. Case Managing Offenders within a Motivational Framework. Frank Porporino and Elizabeth Fabiano, T3 Associates. 11. Pro-Social Modelling. Chris Trotter, Monash University, Melbourne. 12. Giving Up and Giving Back: Desistance, Generativity and Social Work with Offenders. Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow and Shadd Maruna, Queen's University, Belfast. 13. Restorative justice. Gwen Robinson, School of Law, University of Sheffield. 14. Paying Back - Unpaid Work by Offenders. Gill McIvor, Lancaster University. Part 3: Issues and Needs. 15. Developments in Work with Drug Using Offenders. Iain Crow, University of Sheffield. 16. Dealing with Diversity. Loraine Gelsthorpe, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. 17. The Resettlement of Prisoners in England and Wales: Learning from History and Research. Maurice Vanstone, Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of Wales, Swansea. 18. Postcript: Opportunities and Threats. Peter Raynor, University of Wales, Swansea. References. Subject index. Author index.

Trauma, Drug Misuse and Transforming Identities

A Life Story Approach

Edition: PB

Author: Kim Etherington

ISBN: 9781843104933

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price: £19.99

Publication Date: 2007

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Looking at the life stories of ex-drug misusers in their own words, this book offers insights into the nature of addiction and how it can be tackled. It examines the links between early childhood experiences and drug misuse and also shows pathways to recovery and transformation.

Kim Etherington highlights the therapeutic value of listening to drug misusers' life stories and the importance of understanding how social environments and the wider cultural influences shape people's lives. She encourages people working with drug misusers to challenge pathologising notions of 'spoiled identity', which assume that identity is fixed. By taking a step back and separating the person from the problem, it is possible to help them explore their relationship with drugs in ways that encourage a stronger sense of agency and power to change.

With compelling first-hand narratives and practical strategies to encourage drug misusers' ability to recover, this is essential reading for professionals working with drug users as well as people misusing drugs themselves.
'I welcome this study by Professor Kim Etherington because it is part of the process of understanding our drug problem and the whole chain of issues that lead to addiction. It is the stories of real people, and in doing so it holds a mirror not just to other people's lives but to our own.'

From the foreword by Monty Don, The Monty Project, UK


Prologue - Hannah's Story. Part one. 1. Introduction. 2. Trauma, drug misuse and identity transformation. Part two. 3. Omar's Story - part one. 4. Omar's story - part two. 5. Becky's Story. 6. Steven's Story. 7. Josie's Story. 8. George's Story. 9. John's Story. 10. Levi's story. Part three. 11. Impact of trauma on selves and relationships. 12. Problematic drug use and turning points. 13. Transforming identities. References. Subject index. Author index.

Conduct Disorder and Offending Behaviour in Young People

Findings from Research

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Series

Authors: Kristin Liabo and Joanna Richardson

ISBN: 978 1 84310 508 4


Price: £16 99

Publication Date: June 2007

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Offending behaviour in young people is a problem not only for affected neighbours and communities; it is also a serious problem for the young people involved. Behaviour problems and involvement in criminal activities have been linked to continued offending, substance misuse, lack of education and work - all factors that are linked, in turn, with shorter life expectancy.

This book reviews the literature on a number of techniques and treatment approaches designed for use \with adolescent conduct disorder and young offenders. The authors also provide an overview of the condition including its developmental pathway; the criteria for diagnosing conduct disorder, and services for adolescents.

Conduct disorder and offending behaviour in young people are complex problems that need multi-agency, multifaceted solutions. This book aims to contribute to the design of services by drawing on a wide range of high-quality research, and presents it for the non-specialist. It is essential reading for child and adolescent

mental health practitioners, social workers, youth offending teams and other professionals working with young people with conduct problems and their families.

Kristin Liabo is a research fellow in the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, London, UK. Joanna Richardson was a senior development officer for the FOCUS project. She is now an analyst for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), London, UK.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Series

Written for professionals, and parents, these accessible, evidence-based resources are essential reading for anyone seeking to understand and promote children and young people's mental health. The work was commissioned by FOCUS, a multidisciplinary project based at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Each title in the series brings together practical and policy­ level suggestions with up-to-the-minute analysis of research.

Contents: Acknowledgements. Preface. Part One: Introduction. l. Overview of Conduct Disorder. 2. Young People With More Than One Disorder (Comorbidity). 3. Aeitology and Developmental Pathways. 4. Prevention. 5.Measuring and Assessing Problem Behaviour. 6. Services for Adolescents. Part Two: The Research Base - Techniques for Treating Conduct Disorder and Treatment Approaches for Young Offenders. 7. Individual Programmes. 8. Family and Parenting Interventions. 9. School-based Interventions. 10. Pharmacology. 11. Interventions for Young People Involved in Firesetting and Arson. 12. Other Treatments for Conduct Disorder. 13. Treatment Approaches for Young Offenders. 14. Summary of Key Issues. Appendix 1. Diagnostic Criteria for Conduct Disorder. Appendix 2. Useful Terms for Understanding and Assessing Research. Appendix 3. Research Strategy. Appendix 4. Critical Appraisal. Appendix 5. Resources. References. Subject index. Author index. About FOCUS.

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See You in Court

A Social Worker's Guide to Presenting Evidence in Care Proceedings

Edition: 1st

Lynn Davis

ISBN: 9781843105473

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price: £16.99

Publication Date:

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Are you looking forward to giving evidence?  What do you have concerns about?  Do you know how to prepare written evidence that will be taken seriously in court?

See You in Court is an accessible guide for social workers on being a witness in care proceedings. With little training and few resources available, social workers can find preparing for court a daunting part of their role.  This book answers questions frequently asked by social workers in real cases, and gives information on court structures, basic rules of evidence, the roles of those involved in the proceedings, and court etiquette.  It also discusses the process of giving evidence, including how to deal with cross-examination. The material is supported by case studies and checklists.

This practical book is essential reading for social workers, particularly those working with children and families.


1. Introduction.

2. The Legal Context.

3. Who's Who.

4. Evidence.

5. Written Evidence.

6. Statement Presentation.

7. Negotiations and Settlements.

8. Procedure.

9. Preparing for Court.

10. Giving Evidence.

11. Cross-examination.

12. After Court.

Appendix 1: Statement Checklist.

Appendix 2: Witness Observation Checklist.

Appendix 3. Cross-examination Examples.

Appendix 4: End of Case Questionnaire.

Further Resources.


Part of the Author’s Preface

This book is the result of 15 years' experience of care proceedings divided almost equally between acting for the local authority and for respondents, both parents and children (on direct instructions or via their Children's Guardians). It attempts to answer questions raised by social workers during real cases and court skills training courses. I hope it will be useful.

It is about the process of care proceedings rather than child care law and so is no substitute for expert legal advice on any particular case. Where the law is referred to, it is up to date as at 1 May 2007, so please be alert to the possibility of any subsequent changes.

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Restorative Justice, How it Works

Edition: paperback

Author: Marian Liebmann

ISBN: 9781843100744


Price: £28

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This comprehensive guide provides an accessible introduction to the philosophy of restorative justice and its practical application in a wide range of settings, showing how it can help both victims and offenders when harm has been done.

Drawing on many years' experience of working in victim support, probation, mediation and restorative practices, Marian Liebmann uses pertinent case examples to illustrate how restorative justice can be used effectively to work with crime and its effects. Also included are sections on confronting bullying in schools, dealing with sexual and racial violence, tackling antisocial behaviour and community reconciliation after war. Whether in the context of families, schools, communities, criminal justice or prisons, the author argues that restorative justice is a 'seamless philosophy' which can be applied flexibly to meet diverse needs. Liebmann provides an international outlook, examining how restorative justice is practised around the world, including traditional Maori and Aboriginal approaches.

Restorative Justice: How It Works is a key reference for magistrates, social workers, probation officers, Youth Offending Team workers, police, teachers and health professionals, as well as the lay reader.


Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. What is Restorative Justice? 2. A Brief History of Restorative Justice. 3. Restorative Approaches Involving Victims and Offenders Separately. 4. Models of Restorative Justice Involving Victims and Offenders Together. 5. Restorative Approaches for the Early Years of Life 6. Restorative Approaches in Schools 7. Restorative Justice with Victims and Young Offenders in the UK. 8. Restorative Justice with Victims and Adult Offenders in the UK. 9. Restorative Justice in Prisons 1: Prisoners Making Amends.10. Restorative Justice in Prisons 2: Relationships in the Prison Community. 11. Restorative Justice Around the World. 12. Restorative Justice in Complex and Sensitive Cases. 13. Issues in Restorative Justice. 14. Research: A Selection. 15. Restorative Justice after Large-Scale Violence or Oppression. 16. Arts Approaches to Restorative Justice. Postscript: Growing Points. Appendix 1. Restorative Justice Consortium: Principles of Restorative Processes December (2004). Appendix 2. United Nations: Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters (2002). Appendix 3. Glossary. Appendix 4. Further Reading/Resources in Restorative Justice. Appendix 5. Organisations and websites. Appendix 6. Index of case studies. Subject Index. Author Index.

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Supporting Women after Domestic Violence

Loss, Trauma and Recovery

Edition: 1st

Author: Hilary Abrahams
ISBN: 9781843104315

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price £18.99

Publication Date: 2007

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'...compelling reading for anyone working with women and children living with and leaving domestic violence.'

From the Foreword by Cathy Humphreys

Women who leave an abusive relationship often experience feelings of fear, bewilderment, anger and confusion. The trauma caused by domestic violence leaves a legacy that stays with the survivor, and it is not uncommon for women to experience feelings of loss and grief similar to those following bereavement, but made more complex by the effect that abuse has had on their emotional health and well-being.

Supporting Women after Domestic Violence offers accessible advice on how to enable women who have experienced domestic violence to embark on a journey of recovery. The book draws on theory, original research and the personal experiences of women who have encountered domestic violence to explore the complex practical and emotional support they need when engaging in the process of recovery. It highlights the difficulties a victim of domestic violence may encounter following an abusive relationship, offers action points to improve service provision, and covers important issues in recovery, such as the value of mutual support and how women can regain a sense of normality and self-esteem.

This book will be a key resource for those working within women's refuges, as well as social workers, counsellors, mental health professionals and many others whose work may bring them into situations where domestic violence is an issue.


Foreword. Introduction.  About the project.  About the book. Notes. 1. Why Doesn't She Just Leave?  The effects of domestic violence.  A framework for understanding. Post traumatic stress disorder.  Loss and grief. Loss, trauma and recovery. Summary. Notes. 2. Starting the Journey. Taking the decision. Filling the information gap. Making the break. Arriving at the refuge. Assessing support needs. First steps. Safety. Reactions. Summary. Notes. 3. Exploring the Route. Loss. Anger. Oscillating emotions. Safety, trust and empowerment. Changing needs. Advocacy. Mutual support. Summary. Notes. 4. Someone to Talk to, Someone to Listen. Mutual support. Worker support. Someone to listen. Counselling.  Therapeutic group work.  Life skills and activities. Being a family. Summary. Notes. 5. Living Together. Daily life. Conflict. Participation. Other experiences of refuge life. How it could be. Summary. Notes. 6. Moving Out, moving On. Problems of  rehousing. Fears and hopes. Support after rehousing. Keeping in touch. Beginning a new life. Realignment. Summary. Notes. 7. The Best Things Were… Safety. Respect. A non-judgmental attitude, being believed. Mutual support from other residents. Time to talk and be heard. Attitude and approach of the workers. Rebuilding the capacity to cope. Summary. Notes 8. Putting the Pieces (back) Together. Loss, transition and recovery. The extra burden.  How these concepts affect support giving. A way of understanding.  One size will never fit all. Wider implications. Conclusions. Summary. Notes. Postscript. Appendix 1: Women's Aid Federation of England. Appendix 2: The Research Project. Appendix 3: Précis of Topic Guide for Interviews with Past and Present Service Users. Appendix 4: Resource Materials. References. Subject index. Author index.

Making an Impact : Children and Domestic Violence - A Reader

Edition: 2nd Edition

Authors: Marianne Hester, Chris Pearson, Nicola Harwin, With Hilary Abrahams

ISBN: 9781843101574

Publishers: Jessica Kingsley

Price £22.99

Publication Date: 2006

Introduction. Part One: Children and Domestic Violence. 1. Domestic Violence: What Is It?  2. Domestic Violence and the Abuse of Children. 3. The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children. Part Two: The Legal Context. 4. Making Safe Arrangements for Children Affected by Domestic Violence: Public and Private Law. 5. Protection under Criminal Law. 6. Protection from Violence under Civil Law. 7. Protection against Domestic Violence under Housing Law. Part Three: Practice Interventions. 8. Social Care Responses to Domestic Violence and Abuse of Children. 9. Practice and Intervention with Children in Circumstances of Domestic Violence. 10. Intervention with Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. 11. Multi-Agency Involvement and Cooperation in Relation to Domestic Violence. 12. Working with and Supporting Women Experiencing Domestic Violence. References. Index.

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Praise for the first edition:

'...a valuable addition to the increasing literature on a persistent problem affecting everyone in the family. The authors have put together a resource for all those working with children and families… It offers much for those concerned to enhance inter-agency working and to find creative ways to safeguard women at risk and minimize the emotional damage caused to children witnessing domestic violence.'

- Journal of Family Health Care

This fully updated Reader provides a comprehensive review of recent research and legislation relating to domestic violence and its consequences for children, and identifies the implications for practice.

It is divided into three parts. Part One describes evidence for the links between domestic violence and the concomitant abuse of children and assesses the effects on children's future well-being. Part Two is a comprehensive and accessible guide to relevant current criminal and civil legislation. Highlighting the success of multi-agency approaches, the final part details practical issues for interventions with children and their carers, male perpetrators, and, new to this edition, women.

Endorsed by children's charities including the NSPCC and Barnardo's, Making an Impact enables professionals working with children to develop informed, sophisticated and collaborative child care and protection responses for children who are experiencing domestic violence.