Making Desistance Real: Implementing a Desistance Focused Approach in a Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)

Date

2021-09-15

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SAGE Journals

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Desistance is now a key focus for probation practice in the UK. However, how to implement desistance in the workplace has remained challenging, particularly in the absence of practice guidance. This article presents the experience of ‘making desistance real’ in the context of Community Rehabilitation Companies. ‘Identity shift’ is presented as a core component of the desistance approach adopted, and practice designed to support services users to transition to a pro-social identity and their ‘best life’ is presented. The article examines changes in assessment processes and tools, outlines desistance informed interventions, and the engagement of practitioners in delivering desistance.

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Keywords

desistance, case management, interventions, identity

Citation

Kemshall, H., Thorogood, C., Burroughs, T. and Mayes, S. (2021) Making Desistance Real: Implementing a Desistance Focused Approach in a Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC). Probation Journal, Sept 2021, Special issue on Desistance.

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice