Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development Special Issue Call for Papers

Innovative Approaches in Community and Institutional Rehabilitation of Offenders

Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development

Goals and Theme of Special Issue

From diversionary programs to family group conferencing, recognition has been growing of the potential for restorative and rehabilitative practices to complement and enhance the efficacy of criminal justice systems that rely on traditional incarceration as a solution to crime.

While much of the restorative justice discourse emerged from and flourished in the West, it has also gained significant ground in Asia in recent years, especially in relation to juvenile offenders. Criminal justice systems in Singapore and Thailand, for example, have formally recognized restorative principles, while others such as Hong Kong and South Korea have experimented with programs in various forms.


In this special issue, we aim to highlight the recent developments in offender rehabilitative practices in the Asia Pacific region.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of rehabilitative policies and interventions
  • Theoretical / Methodological discussions related to studying or practicing restoration/rehabilitation/reintegration in Asia

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be made online at the Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development ScholarOne Manuscripts website by 31 December 2017. Indicate on the title page that this is for the special issue.

The required format of the articles can be found in the Instruction for Authors.

For any enquiries, please write to the Editorial Assistant at:  apjswd@nus.edu.sg

Editorial information

  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Irene Ng, Social Work Department of National University of Singapore (swknyhi@nus.edu.sg)
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Corinne Ghoh, Social Work Department of National University of Singapore (swkgsnc@nus.edu.sg)
  • Special Issue Guest Editor: Ganapathy Narayanan, Sociology Department of National University of Singapore (fasgn@nus.edu.sg)