Effective responses to offenders with intellectual disabilities : generalist and specialist services working together

Ellem, Kathy, Wilson, Jill, & Chui, Wing Hong (2012) Effective responses to offenders with intellectual disabilities : generalist and specialist services working together. Australian Social Work, 65(3), pp. 398-412.

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Abstract

Despite policies of deinstitutionalisation, many people with intellectual disabilities in developed western countries continue to live in mainstream institutional settings, such as correctional facilities, rather than in the community with support from disability services. This paper reports on the life stories of 10 people with intellectual disabilities, who had been imprisoned in adult correctional facilities in Queensland. The pathways taken by these 10 people into and out of prison are marked by significant abuse, neglect, and poverty. Significant disparity and disconnection is also displayed between the policies and service approaches, particularly between the disability, mental health, and correctional systems in Queensland. Based on these findings, a framework for practice, which spans both generic and specialist services, is suggested.

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ID Code: 74867
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: intellectual disability, offenders, life stories, service responses
DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2011.625433
ISSN: 1447-0748
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Correctional Theory Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation (160202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Association of Social Workers
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Australian Social Work on 21 December 2011 available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0312407X.2011.625433
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2014 00:00
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 05:33

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