About the research group

    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 research group 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 patients’ relapse in delinquency – and thus to a safer society. The research will therefore take place in close collaboration with the forensic care field.

    The research group deals 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 research group is linked to Research Centre Innovations in Care and Research Centre Urban Talent and to the study programmes Social Work and Nursing of the 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 research group.

    The research group 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