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About the lectorate

More and more often, detainees with psychiatric problems are receiving forensic care. This care consists of tailor-made treatment and security. This way, relapse in delinquency of this group of psychiatric patients is limited. However, the increased demand for forensic care also puts pressure on the sector. In addition, the introduction of outpatient care within institutions has led to a densification of the patient population with more complex problems. There is also a greater need for forensic care expertise in adjoining sectors such as the regular mental health care, sheltered housing, addiction care, youth care, the prison system and the probation service. More than ever, these developments are making demands on the craftsmanship of professionals.

The lectorate contributes to strengthening the craftsmanship and expertise of (future) professionals. If professionals can do their work better and more effectively, this will contribute to reducing relapse in delinquency of patients and thus to a safer society. The research will therefore take place in close collaboration with the forensic care field.

The lectorate will deal with:

  • Issues concerning the best possible match between treatment and the diversity of patients;
  • Translating knowledge of active elements into work practice;
  • Dealing with the circumstances of working in the forensic care sector.

Cooperating parties

The lectorate is linked to the Research Centre Innovations in Care and the Research Centre Urban Talent and to the study programmes Social Work and Nursing of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Students and (teacher) researchers of the university of applied sciences and from the forensic care field are involved in the research of the lectorate.

The lectorate is funded by Fivoor and the Ministry of Justice and Security.

“Forensic care can be seen as the Champions League of care. Challenges such as dealing with complex psychopathology, aggression and other acting-out behaviour are seen in magnified form in forensic care.”

Dr. Ruud van der Horst Professor Craftsmanship Forensic Care

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