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The potential role of recovery capital in stopping sexual offending: Lessons from circles of support and accountability to enrich practice

Mccartan, Kieran; Kemshall, Hazel

Authors

Hazel Kemshall



Abstract

The rehabilitation and reintegration of people who have committed sexual offences presents significant challenges. Current research and practice on desistance from offending behaviour discusses a harm reduction journey that is more multifaceted than the concept of social capital, it is in fact closer to recovery capital. This article discusses how the framework of recovery capital is also useful in the rehabilitation and reintegration of people who have committed sexual offences drawing from the experiences of the Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) model. It will consider the CoSA model as an example of recovery capital using its evidence base (especially McCartan, Kemshall, et al, 2012 & McCartan, 2016) to frame it as a narrative for rehabilitation and reintegration. The paper will then provide practitioners with some recommendations as well as thoughts for effectively using recovery capital in practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Print ISSN 1649-6396
Publisher Probation Service
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
APA6 Citation Mccartan, K., & Kemshall, H. (in press). The potential role of recovery capital in stopping sexual offending: Lessons from circles of support and accountability to enrich practice. Irish Probation Journal, 20,
Keywords Sexual Abuse; Desistance; Circles of Support & Accountability; CoSA; Recovery capital; Prevention
Publisher URL http://www.probation.ie/EN/PB/sectionpage?readform
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