Dr. Jacqueline Bosker (1968) is a sociologist. She has been active as a researcher for the Working in Correction and Rehabilitation research group since its beginning. She was also a senior policy officer for the Dutch Rehabilitation Services until 2012. She studied (decision regarding) interventions in cases of insecurity and delinquency, effective cooperation within the chain of justice. Her work has contributed to strengthening the craftsmanship of the forensic social professional. Bosker has published in scientific journals and magazines and is co-editor and author of the book Working in Correction and Rehabilitation: A Methodology for Forensic Social Work. In addition, she has had a leading role in the development and implementation of the Forensic Social Professional master’s degree programme and is an active lecturer within this programme.
Forensic social professionals are involved, among other things, in assessing and managing the risks of repeated delinquent behaviour. Instruments for risk assessment are commonly used for this purpose. But are these instruments really necessary? Can’t experienced professionals estimate these risks just as well, or even better, based on their experience and expertise? Research shows that the use of risk assessment instruments results in better estimates of the risk of recidivism as well as the risk factors that underlie this phenomenon, even when compared to the insights of highly experienced professionals.
Jacqueline Bosker has produced two web lectures on the question why this is so. In the first lecture, ‘Intuitive and Rational Decision Making’, she discusses the way people commonly arrive at their decisions, including which errors can arise during this process. In the web lecture ‘Added Value of Decision Support’, she then tackles how the chance of decision-making errors can be reduced and what role structured decision support instruments (such as risk assessment instruments) can play in this process.
Areas of expertise: rehabilitation, risk assessment, structured decision making, and limiting delinquent behaviour.
Project participation: Structured Decision Support, Working in Correction and Rehabilitation, Forensic Social Professional master’s degree programme, European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), and Offender Supervision in Europe.