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How well do police specialists risk assess Registered Sexual Offenders?

Kewley, S, Osman, S and McGuinness, A How well do police specialists risk assess Registered Sexual Offenders? Journal of Sexual Aggression. ISSN 1355-2600 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This study examined 91 Active Risk Management System (ARMS) assessments from four police areas across England and Wales. ARMS is a tool that guides criminal justice practitioners to assess and develop formal risk management plans based on the risks and strengths of individual clients convicted of sexual offending. This present study is particularly concerned with the application of this new tool and the quality of subsequent risk assessment as a result of police practitioner assessment. Findings indicate the quality of ARMS assessments were not to the expected standard. The study found while there were acceptable levels of detail and evidence documented by practitioners across individual areas; overall, assessor risk ratings and risk management plans were poor. This paper provides an outline of these findings, making suggestions for areas of improvement, along with recommendations for policy, practice, and research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2019 10:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13552600.2019.1628315
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10822

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