Approaching responsivity : the Victorian Department of Justice and Indigenous Offenders

Spivakovsky, Claire 2007, Approaching responsivity : the Victorian Department of Justice and Indigenous Offenders, in ANZSOC 2007 : Proceedings of the 20th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference : Criminology : Building Bridges, School of Law, Flinders University, Adelaide, S. A., pp. 649-662.

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Title Approaching responsivity : the Victorian Department of Justice and Indigenous Offenders
Author(s) Spivakovsky, Claire
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. Conference (20th : 2007 : Adelaide, S. Aust. )
Conference location Adelaide, South Australia
Conference dates 23 - 26 Sep. 2007
Title of proceedings ANZSOC 2007 : Proceedings of the 20th Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference : Criminology : Building Bridges
Editor(s) Wundersitz, Joy
Goldsmith, Andrew
Publication date 2007
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Conference
Start page 649
End page 662
Total pages 4
Publisher School of Law, Flinders University
Place of publication Adelaide, S. A.
Summary Offender rehabilitation has developed a stronghold on correctional practice in the past two decades. Further strengthening this grip have been three main  principles for effective practice; risk, needs and responsivity. This paper will focus on the responsivity principle, which dictates that effective rehabilitation involves consideration of an offender's cognitive behavioural characteristics and appropriate program delivery. In particular, this paper will analyse how this task has been approached by the Victorian Department of Justice in relation to  Indigenous offenders. Drawing on recent interviews with Justice staff, it will be  shown that Justice's approach to being responsive to the needs of Victorian Indigenous offenders is more complex than addressing cognitive behavioural characteristics and program delivery. It involves meaningful interactions that extend beyond the Department of Justice and Indigenous offenders to include Indigenous communities.
Notes Paper published in Flinders Journal of Law Reform Volume 10 Issue 3 (2007-2008)
ISSN 1325-3387
Language eng
Field of Research 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023900

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