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Social Work with Sex Offenders


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Introduction: constructing sex crimes and sex offenders Understanding sex crimes and sex offenders Penal responses to the sex offender Working together: policy into practice Social work assessment of sex offenders Social work interventions Developing reflexive and reflective practice with sex offenders

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Malcolm Cowburn is Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Science at Sheffield Hallam University, Honorary Professor of Criminology at Exeter University and Visiting Professor of Criminology at Plymouth University. Prior to working in academia he was a Probation Officer for many years and involved in developing practice with sex offenders. He has published widely in this area. Steve Myers is Director of Social Sciences at the University of Salford, UK. He is a qualified and registered Social Worker and has taught on health and social care/work programmes for the previous 20 years. He has worked in statutory and voluntary agencies with children and young people who have sexually abusive behaviours.


"An authoritative and informed analysis of sexual offending and of those who offend which challenges the 'folk devil' accounts in the media, and maintains a robust victim-oriented position." Professor Sue White, University of Birmingham "The specific contributions made by social workers to assessing, managing and supporting sex offenders has long since been overlooked. Conceptually strong and theoretically informed, this book represents key reading for all those whose work brings them into contact with this challenging area of social work practice." Professor Simon Hackett, Durham University "An important book that draws on literature from a variety of disciplines to present a comprehensive account of social work with sex offenders." Anna Gupta, Royal Holloway University of London "With a breadth of theory, research, policy, practice and ethics that is truly remarkable, this book is indispensable for practitioners in the field and important reading for social workers/social work students more widely." Professor Keith Pringle, Uppsala University, Sweden "Drawing upon their extensive experience Cowburn and Myers challenge readers to test their understanding and question their assumptions in this authoritative and accessible text which is a valuable addition to research and practice of working with sex offenders." Professor Rob Canton, De Montfort University

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