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

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Andrew Day, Nadia Boni, G Hobbs, E Carson, Laura Whitting, Martine Powell
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.

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Journal

Sexual abuse in Australia and New Zealand: an interdisciplinary journal

Volume

6

Issue

1

Season

November

Pagination

12 - 19

Publisher

Australia and New Zealand Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Location

Melbourne Vic.

ISSN

1833-8488

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, ANZATSA

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