Exploring the experiences of ex-offender mentors

Kavanagh, Laura and Borrill, Jo (2013) Exploring the experiences of ex-offender mentors. Probation Journal, 60 (4). pp. 400-414. ISSN 0264-5505

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/1177/0264550513502247


Research suggests that mentoring may facilitate offender rehabilitation. Less is known about the impact on mentors, especially those who are ex-offenders. This study uses in-depth interviews with eight ex-offender mentors to explore the processes through which such schemes can be effective. Four key categories emerged: self-satisfaction; mutual benefit; mechanisms underlying success; and negative aspects of mentoring. Mentoring was experienced as a rewarding and mutually beneficial career which may reduce the social stigma of being an ex-offender. Challenges for mentors included dealing with failure or frustration and managing risk. Findings suggest that participation in mentoring schemes should be voluntary rather than compulsory and future schemes should consider employing ex-offenders as mentors and role models, to benefit from their lived experience, despite the barriers and challenges involved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Rachel Wheelhouse
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2013 13:33
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2014 14:47
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/13292

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