Contemporary comment : is it time for Australia to adopt Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)?

Richards, K.M. (2011) Contemporary comment : is it time for Australia to adopt Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)? Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 22(3), pp. 483-490.

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Abstract

Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) - an innovative process for reintegrating child sex offenders into the community after a period of incarceration - have not yet been firmly established in any Australian jurisdiction. This is the case despite their widespread use in Canada, the United Kingdom. and parts of the United States of America, and despite a growing body of research evidence that demonstrates their efficacy in reducing recidivism among child sex offenders. This Contemporary Comment outlines the emergence of COSA and the existing evidence in support of COSA. It argues that COSA should be piloted in Australia.

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ID Code: 64619
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Circles of Support and Accountability, reintegrating child sex offenders into the community, efficacy in reducing recidivism, evidence of support of COSA.
ISSN: 1034-5329
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The University of Sydney
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2013 02:13
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2013 03:28

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