Vulnerability and resilience in the criminal justice system
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Business and Law
Staff working within the criminal justice system are employed in a variety of roles to assist with all aspects of offender management, including policing, courts, prisons and community corrections. These staff face occupational challenges as a result of working with victims, offenders and their families, managing people's responses to the aftermath of crimes, and the continuing risk of harm that some offenders pose to the community. This chapter examines work in corrections service environments; challenges and risks faced by staff in offender rehabilitation roles; factors associated with staff vulnerability; and poses the question who is currently most vulnerable and at risk within corrective service environments, offenders or staff? Recommendations for support of staff are outlined, which may have implications for the range of staff employed within the corrections environment.