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Does it help the client to tell his/her story? Third, is there an alternative to asking this question? Would paraphrasing what the client has said, or reflecting back his/her underlying feeling, more usefully explore the client's preoccupation or problem? Finally, if asking a question seems appropriate and essential, what types of questions might we ask? g. ' tends to invite a 'yes' or 'no' reply. ', while not inviting a simple yes/ no answer, will tend to be answered in a limited way. g. ' Such questions invite the respondent to share their views, feelings or opinions.

It must distinguish between evidence and opinion. At the beginning the report needs identifying details, including age, religion, marital status, and details of the offence. Thereafter the writer has to balance the relative advantages of using a consistent structure for all reports, and the need to individualise each report. Consistency of headings across reports helps the Court to familiarise itself quickly with the contents of an individual report, but a stereotyped presentation will fail to present important information early and thereby highlight it.

Information related to offending includes circumstances surrounding the offence, the subject's offending history and the subject's personal and social circumstances, including health, drug or alchohol misuse, family responsibilities, employment and housing. Information relevant to sentencing or disposal includes previous court disposals, income and financial information, health, family responsibilities, employment and housing. 5). Finally, the report has to be concluded. While the report must not appear to usurp the Court's function of deciding appropriate disposal it is now accepted that a report may contain a recommendation and-the Streatfield Report (1961) argues that the expression of an 'opinion' was an integral part of the report.

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