Circles of support and accountability (CoSA): a review of the development of CoSA and its international implementation

Azoulay, N., Winder, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-9118-679X, Murphy, L. and Fedoroff, J.P., 2019. Circles of support and accountability (CoSA): a review of the development of CoSA and its international implementation. International Review of Psychiatry, 31 (2), pp. 195-205. ISSN 0954-0261

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Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) was initially developed in Canada as a community-based program designed to assist in the community reintegration of individuals who are deemed a high or very high risk of sexual recidivism. This article outlines the historical foundations and frameworks of the CoSA model and examines the recruitment and training of CoSA volunteers. It reviews the impact that CoSA has on recidivism, as well as the psychosocial implications of the model on the former offenders participating in CoSA (the ‘Core Members’), volunteers, and the community at large. International implementation of CoSA is addressed by a review of project initiatives undertaken around the world. This article concludes by addressing the future directions of CoSA, both within Canada and internationally.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: In issue 2: International Assessment and Treatment of People with Problematic Sexual Interests and Behaviours.
Publication Title: International Review of Psychiatry
Creators: Azoulay, N., Winder, B., Murphy, L. and Fedoroff, J.P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2019
Volume: 31
Number: 2
ISSN: 0954-0261
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 04 Feb 2019 16:44
Last Modified: 26 May 2022 15:40

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