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Seminal and key studies on the role of management and supervision in relation to treatment in criminal justice settings and/or for the purpose of safeguarding the community. Just as for the practitioners, for managers the ‘tricky’ challenge is to extract therapeutic benefit out of a coercive, punishment-oriented context.

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K Daunting task of managing ‘wet’ day centres (2003). Analyses the set-up and management challenges faced by UK centres offering street drinkers a place where they can start to reverse years of deterioration – without having to stop drinking. Related study below. Discussion in bite’s Issues section.

K Management problems undermine hostel for drinkers (1999). In London’s East End a project to house rough sleepers unwilling to stop drinking curbed local nuisance but was at first undermined by unsuitable premises, staffing, and management. Related study above. Discussion in bite’s Issues section.

K Leadership affects adoption of evidence-based practices (2008). Leadership qualities including knowledge and experience and commitment to a rehabilitation focus predicted good substance use treatment practice in US criminal justice services.

K Motivational interviewing style clashes with criminal justice context (2001). After training in motivational interviewing the performance of US probation staff with real and simulated clients contradicted their glowing self-evaluations and promising exam-type responses, and the officers were rated as less ‘genuine’ than before training. Related discussion in cell B5’s bite.

K Risk-need-responsivity model really does help (2011). Training probation officers in the risk-need-responsivity model of offender supervision (intended to match interventions to the offender) reduced recidivism among probationers for whom substance use was a major issue. Discussion in bite’s Highlighted study and Issues sections.

R G Managing services for drink-drivers (Health Canada, 2004). On the basis of a research review and expert opinion, recommends education, treatment and rehabilitation approaches to alcohol/drug impaired driving, including training and organisational requirements.

R G Training for treatment in the criminal justice system (Australian Government, 2005). Based on research on substance use treatment in criminal justice and more generic literature and principles, draws lessons on training and its management. Discussion in bite’s Where should I start? and Issues sections.

R G Creating and maintaining ‘family sensitive’ treatment services ([Australian] National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, 2010). Reviews generic and substance use-specific research as a basis for guidance on workforce development policies and practices to help ensure treatment services safeguard their clients’ children.

G Whole-family recovery advocated in Scotland (Scottish Government, 2013) Guidance specific to substance use intended for all child and adult services, including drug and alcohol services. What new patients should be asked about children and the role substance use services should play in a system which (Getting our Priorities Right is the title) prioritises child welfare.

G Developing and providing effective services for the children of problem drinkers (accessed 2017). Funded by the UK charity Comic Relief, a web resource to help managers, commissioners and practitioners develop and provide effective services for the children of problem-drinking parents.

G Capabilities needed for substance use treatment staff to work with male perpetrators of domestic violence (2015). Published by King’s College, London and developed from UK research. Helps substance use treatment services define and clarify key staff capabilities (knowledge, attitude and values, ethical practice, skills and reflection and professional development) for working with male substance users who perpetrate intimate partner violence. See also generic NICE quality standards ([UK] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2016) for health and social care services on assessing and responding to domestic abuse.

G Good practice in responding to domestic and sexual violence involving substance use (2013). UK guidelines representing the culmination of a three-year government-funded project to improve responses to survivors and perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence also affected by substance use and/or mental health problems. Includes minimum standards of practice and guidance on policies and procedures. See also generic NICE quality standards ([UK] National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2016) for health and social care services on assessing and responding to domestic abuse.

G Substance abuse treatment and domestic violence ([US] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1997). US consensus guidance on how treatment services can identify and work with both perpetrators and victims.

G Managing alcohol problems in prisoners (World Health Organization, 2012). Integrated model of best practice in care for problem-drinking prisoners based on UK experience.

G US consensus on substance use treatment in the criminal justice system ([US] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2005). Consensus guidance endorsed by US experts; includes treatment interventions, matching these to the offender, and planning programmes.

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