Supported Accommodation Services for Offenders: A Research Literature Review

Steve Kirkwood, Tim Richley

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Abstract

This paper examines the links between homelessness and offending and provides a description of supported accommodation services provided by Sacro for offenders in Scotland and a summary of some of the main findings from research on the impact of supported accommodation for offenders. Finally, the paper identifies a set of ‘critical issues’ for the consideration of practitioners that arise from the research and which may hinder the ability of the ex-offender to ‘move on’. These critical issues are: the financial insecurity of many offenders; the relevance of family breakdown; multiple deprivation; overdependence; the negative effects of hostel accommodation; and offender diversity. These issues highlight the need for more research to explore the short and long-term effectiveness of supported accommodation services in Scotland, taking into account different models of service provision, the individual circumstances of homeless ex-offenders and the social and economic contexts of their lives.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Volume11
Specialist publicationCJSWDC Briefing Papers
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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