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Policing Registered Sex Offenders

Kewley, S (2017) Policing Registered Sex Offenders. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19 (4). pp. 296-300. ISSN 2050-8794

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to outline current police risk assessment and management practice when working with those convicted of sexual offences. The paper introduces the newly implemented Active Risk Management System (ARMS), a risk- and strengths-based tool used by the police across England and Wales.
Design/methodology/approach: A brief review of the literature and current practice is discussed.
Findings: The paper notes that in order for practitioners to work in a context of rehabilitation and reintegration, particularly one that supports clients convicted of sexual offending, there is a real need for practitioners to have the skills and experiences to work with this group. They also need to hold core values that support the notion of change and they ought to be fully supported through formal supervision and training.
Practical implications: Following are the practical implications of this paper: ∙training ought to be regular and ongoing; formal supervision sessions should be made available for all ARMS assessors; assessors ought to be assessed and observed in practice; and performance measures must be related to the quality and effectiveness of the design and implementation of risk management plans rather than the quantity of plans or home visits.
Originality/value: Very little has been written about this unique group of police practitioners who work to assess and manage people with sexual convictions. Even less is known of the effectiveness and applicability of the ARMS tool. Thus, this review is of value to academic and practitioner audiences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 03:51
DOI or ID number: 10.1108/JFP-03-2017-0006
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7099
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