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Key concepts

Kathryn Farrow, Gill Kelly and Bernadette Wilkinson

in Offenders in focus

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302865 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347879.003.0003
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Risk, responsivity and diversity can help practitioners from a variety of contexts whose task it is to contribute to the reduction of offending behaviour. The hope is that such a reduction will be in the best interests of victims, of society, and of the offenders themselves. Arguably, those working with offenders have to make risk management and rehabilitation work together. Practitioners can be helped to do this by focusing on risk and responsivity and drawing on the knowledge base and skills that support these terms. Risk focuses attention on public protection and the reduction of offending. It also seems reasonable to assume, however, that avoiding offending and consequent involvement with the criminal justice system will, of itself, be of benefit to many offenders. While of relevance to anyone engaged in face-to-face work with offenders, this book is primarily concerned with the risk of reoffending and of harm to others, posed by offenders in the community.

Keywords: risk; responsivity; diversity; offending behaviour; victims; offenders; public protection; criminal justice; face-to-face work; reoffending

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