Reducing the Odds: Using What Works to Engage with Offenders in Resolving the Risks of Offending (BOK)
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The "what works" research means that both practitioners and offenders can afford to be more optimistic about working together. However, much of the findings have yet to be tested in practice in Britain and Ireland. This practice manual summarises the most [promising research findings into reducing the risk of offending in a way that is accessible to both practitioner and offender. It organises the risk factors into a progressive process of change. Step by step modules are designed to challenge offenders to engage in their own active inquiry or "participant research" into whether it works for them. each module has a question to be answered or a hypothesis to be tested through the offender's experience. In this way offenders will be challenged to overcome certain barriers or obstacles, to learn certain skills and to achieve goals which they have defined. The worker's role is to foster awareness, to build on strengths, to coach, to hold accountable and to confront. As each challenge is taken up and achieved, the risk of re-offending should decrease and the sense of personal integrity increase. The programme can be delivered with groups or individuals. It enables both worker and offender to work as active and reflective partners in a process of measurable change. It also lends itself to the production of evidence-based practice.