Why bother about ‘psychologically informed’ management?

The simple answer is it helps to manage or indeed, to reduce risk. By understanding the thinking and relationship style of a personality disordered offender, the practitioner can do three things:

  • Maximise the chances of successful completion of statutory supervision, which in turn reduces the risk profile
  • Focuses the risk management plan on those areas of an offender’s behaviour which are most likely to result in harm to others
  • Keep a calm and controlled oversight of a case which might otherwise cause exhaustion and despair (see chapter five).