Transforming rehabilitation: reconsidering the role of peer mentoring in the rehabilitation of offenders

Smith, April (2014) Transforming rehabilitation: reconsidering the role of peer mentoring in the rehabilitation of offenders. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this dissertation is to explore the nature and role of peer mentoring in the CJS, underpinned by the Government’s ‘transforming rehabilitation’ agenda (MOJ, 2013a). The evolution and expansion of peer mentoring is explored, notwithstanding significant discrepancies in the discourse of peer mentoring and evidence concerning its effectiveness. The perceptions and experiences of ex-offender peer mentors are also considered, in relation to the study of desistance and generativity (Maruna, 2001). It is concluded that peer mentoring is likely to play a pivotal role in reforms to offender rehabilitation, with peer mentors evolving to replace the ‘experts’ of the state, countering the cutting back of the probation service in England and Wales. However, more high quality research needs to be conducted, and the concept of mentoring clearly conceptualised within the CJS, before it is promoted as a rehabilitative intervention.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16516

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