A critical examination of the safety of community service supervisors

Hole, Rebecca (2014) A critical examination of the safety of community service supervisors. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The late 1960’s saw the start of intensive pressure being put on the UK government to provide a more punitive approach to tackling crime and dealing with offenders. This has been particularly emphasised by the introduction of high visibility vests for adult offenders carrying out community service in 2008. The introduction of the vests, along with shaming and labelling attached as an initiative to punishment, has consequently instigated a negative reaction from offenders. This negativity is putting community service supervisors’ safety at risk, with agencies stating that attacks on community service supervisors are increasing. Considering this, little evidence is available which demonstrates or attempts to tackle the growing problem.
    In light of the lack of readily available research, this dissertation examines the safety of adult community service supervisors. This was achieved using a combination of relevant secondary data, in tandem with the completion of a primary research study which collected qualitative data from community service supervisors themselves. The key finding of this study indicates that community service supervisors feel unsafe in their profession. This is due to the increased risk of reprisals by offenders and also due to the lack of training, guidance and support supervisors are receiving.
    Whilst the researcher has briefly touched upon the recognition of this growing problem, the conclusions of this study recommend a significant need for further research to be instigated, in relation to this, somewhat concealed, very timely issue.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 08:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15895

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