Publications

Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice

Published: 2010

McNeill, F., Raynor, P. and Trotter, C. (eds) (2010) Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice. Willan, Cullompton.

Summary

Edited by Fergus McNeill (Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde), Peter Raynor (University of Swansea) and Chris Trotter (Monash University, Australia).

This major new book brings together leading researchers in the field  in order to describe and analyse internationally significant theoretical and empirical work on offender supervision, and to addressing the policy and practice implications of this work within and across jurisdictions.  It arises out of the collaborative work of a new international network focusing on this area – the Collaboration of Researchers for the Effective Development of Offender Supervision (CREDOS).

The starting point of the book is that although the ‘what works’ movement in probation research had achieved a great deal, new impetus was necessary to allow the effectiveness agenda to develop beyond its historical emphasis on the principles of effective programmes and into a much wider range of questions and issues.  These questions and issues arise both from within effectiveness research itself (for example, about the role of workers’ practice styles and approaches and about the organisational contexts of programme work) and from research on desistance from offending and how it can be best supported (for example, about the significance of personal and professional relationships in the process, and about the importance of developing social capital).

Key themes addressed in the book are as follows:

How best to measure effectiveness in offender supervision

The nature and features of effective offender supervision

The characteristics, styles and practices of effective offender supervisors

The qualities and features of effective relationships between offenders and those that work with them

The social, political, cultural, organisational and professional contexts of effective offender supervision and how these contexts impact upon it

The book also explores issues of diversity amongst offenders in relation to effective supervision, and draws out the lessons that can be learned about what works in specific jurisdictional, cultural and local contexts and about whether and to what extent there are practices in and approaches to offender supervision that work across diverse contexts

This book will be essential reading for academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, policy makers, managers and practitioners interested in offender supervision.