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David Stephenson of the Birmingham Homeless Offender Unit considers the racist impact of recent legislation and suggests how the Service could inspire more confidence in black clients by determined and well-informed advocacy.
David Cochrane of the Worksop and Retford team in North Nottinghamshire illustrates how it is possible, even in seemingly mundane ways, to challenge the 'psychology of powerlessness', generated by changes in economic and social policy and the dominant ideology of individual responsibility.
The strong link between poverty and high crime rates is a famliar argument. Less articulated is the link between poverty and the compounding impact of high interest rates. As part of a multi-agency project based at a neighbourhood centre on a Wigan local authority estate, Platt Bridge, Roger...
Recent social policy changes make today the worst time in the history of the Welfare State to find yourself of no fixed abode. Drawing on their experience with clients during the current year, Nottingham Probation Housing Team detail the ebb of resources and the plight of the homeless, and...
Faced with poor clients and offenders with limited access to basic resources, it is easy for Probation staff to feel out of touch and deskilled. Tony Broadbent of South Yorkshire Probation Service's Social Issues Project in Rotherham, proposes strategies to help clients to tackle seemingly...
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