Restorative Justice-Informed Moral Acquaintance: Resolving the Dual Role Problem in Correctional and Forensic Practice

Ward, Tony, Gannon, Theresa A., Fortune, Clare-Ann (2015) Restorative Justice-Informed Moral Acquaintance: Resolving the Dual Role Problem in Correctional and Forensic Practice. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 42 (1). pp. 45-57. ISSN 0093-8548. E-ISSN 1552-3594. (doi:10.1177/0093854814550026)

Abstract

The issue of dual roles within forensic and correctional fields has typically been conceptualized as dissonance—experienced by practitioners— when attempting to adhere to the conflicting ethical requirements associated with client well-being and community protection. In this paper, we argue that the dual role problem should be conceptualized more broadly; to incorporate the relationship between the offender and their victim. We also propose that Restorative Justice (RJ) is able to provide a preliminary ethical framework to deal with this common ethical oversight. Furthermore, we unite the RJ framework with that of Ward’s (2013) moral acquaintance model to provide a more powerful approach—RJ informed moral acquaintance—aimed at addressing the ethical challenges faced by practitioners within forensic and correctional roles.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0093854814550026
Uncontrolled keywords: restorative justice; ethics; dual role problem moral acquaintance
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2016 14:23 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53580 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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