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Professional attitudes to sex offenders: implications for multiagency and collaborative working

Day,A, Boni,N, Hobbs,G, Carson,E, Whitting,L and Powell,M 2014, Professional attitudes to sex offenders: implications for multiagency and collaborative working, Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand: an interdisciplinary journal, vol. 6, no. 1, November, pp. 12-19.

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Title Professional attitudes to sex offenders: implications for multiagency and collaborative working
Author(s) Day,A
Boni,N
Hobbs,G
Carson,E
Whitting,L
Powell,MORCID iD for Powell,M orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Journal name Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand: an interdisciplinary journal
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Season November
Start page 12
End page 19
Total pages 8
Publisher Australia and New Zealand Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers
Place of publication Melbourne Vic.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1833-8488
Summary Recent years have seen the development and implementation of a range of multi-disciplinary and partnership approaches to managing risk in known sex offenders, involving collaboration between justice and human services agencies. Potential barriers to the development of effective multidisciplinary practices arise when participating professionals hold different attitudes about those they are responsible for managing. This paper examines differences in attitudes towards sex offenders in two professional groups – police officers and allied health workers. The results suggest that police officers tend to hold more negative views than those who deliver treatment and support services. They are more likely to believe that offenders cannot change their behaviour and should be subject to more punitive sanctions. These findings are discussed in relation to judgements of both risk and dangerousness and associated decisions about the appropriate management of sex offenders in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working forums.
Language eng
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, ANZATSA
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30070522

Document type: Journal Article
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