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Engagement skills: best practice or effective practice?

Tallant, C; Sambrook, M; Green, Simon


C Tallant

M Sambrook

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Dr Simon Green
Reader in Criminology & Victimology / Associate Dean for Research & Enterprise


This chapter will seek to explore the different engagement skills that are utilised when working with offenders and the practical problems involved in such work.  It will be argued that while the opportunity still exists to do contructive work with offenders, there is a tension between managing offender nees and managing organisational needs.  The prevailing climate in the criminal justice sector would suggest that organisational needs now dominate, yet there are some signs that a shift back towards offender-centred engagement is bot desirable and compatibile with the effective pratice mantra (Burnett and McNeill 2005).  In order to show some of the fundamental ways in which practitioners engage with offenders we will explore some of the engagement models of practice including motivational interviewing techniques, pro-social modelling and the cycle of change. 


Tallant, C., Sambrook, M., & Green, S. (2008). Engagement skills: best practice or effective practice?. Addressing offending behaviour: context, practice and values, 75 - 92. Willan Publishing

Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2008
Publication Date Oct 1, 2008
Pages 75 - 92
Book Title Addressing offending behaviour: context, practice and values
ISBN 978-1-84392-243-8
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