As mentally disordered offenders have emerged into more public view in the community, it has become increasingly necessary to examine the working practices of community based staff who have cared for them. Until now, there has been an absence of literature to inform these community-based professionals how to work effectively with their clients and with each other. This book offers the first in-depth examination of the issues involved in working with this client group and provides a guide through the maze of policies, legislation, practicalities and dilemmas. Topics covered include: risk assessment; supervision; inequality and discrimination; residential and daycare services; and primary and secondary intervention. This practical handbook is written for students and practitioners in fields such as social work, community psychiatric nursing, and occupational therapy as well as for managers in mental health and social services. This book should be of interest to community psychiatric nurses; social workers; probation officers; and managers in mental health, probation and social services.