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Peer support, desistance and the role of the third sector
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 14:38 authored by Hinde, K, Robert WhiteRobert White
This article explores the limits and possibilities of peer support schemes within a prison setting. The theoretical lens is that of desistance, with particular attention given to the concepts of ‘giving back’ and ‘being listened to’ as intentional means of fostering prosocial attitudes and outcomes. The analysis is based upon formal evaluation and informal critical reflections pertaining to the Prison Support Program delivered by the Australian Red Cross in Tasmania, Australia. The article considers the political landscape of law and order in Tasmania, and where the third sector fits into contemporary configurations. It outlines the foundational concepts and relationship elements that underpin peer support programmes, and discusses the practical barriers and opportunities that shape grounded practice. It concludes with a series of observations that might usefully guide the development and improvement of peer support schemes as they continue to evolve and respond to changing institutional circumstances and political environments.
Publication titleHoward Journal of Crime and Justice
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright 2019 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.