Youth Offending and Youth Justice

Youth Offending and Youth Justice

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How is the modern world shaping young people and youth crime? What impact is this having on the latest policies and practice? Are current youth justice services working? With contributions from leading researchers in the field, this book offers an insightful, scholarly and critical analysis of such key issues. Youth Offending and Youth Justice engages constructively with current policy and practice debates, tackling issues such as the criminalisation and penalisation of youth, sentencer decision-making, the incarceration of young people and the role of public opinion. It also features an applied focus on professional practice. Drawing on a wide range of high-quality research, this book will enrich the work of practitioners, managers, policy-makers, students and academics in social work, youth work, criminal justice and youth justice in the UK and beyond.

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 14mm | 322.05g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1843106892
  • 9781843106890
  • 727,517

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Author Information

Monica Barry is a senior research fellow at the Glasgow School of Social Work, and an honorary senior research fellow at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research. She is author of Youth Offending in Transition: The Search for Social Recognition and editor of Youth Policy and Social Inclusion: Critical Debates with Young People, both published by Routledge. Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology & Social Work at the Glasgow School of Social Work, a joint initiative of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, and Network Leader at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow. He is co-author of Reducing Reoffending: Social Work and Community Justice in Scotland, published by Willan.

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This is an excellent text in every possible regard... The editors gave little in the way of guidance as to what they were expecting - a brave (or foolish) course of action that could have led to a unfocused piece (or a great deal of re-writting) but has resulted in an excellent, coherent, insightful addition to the growing body of critical literature surrounding youth offending and youth justice. This slim volume is up there with the best works in this field. -- British Journal of Social Work This is an excellent book, which well maintains the high standard we associate with the name of Jessica Kingsley. It succeeds in its aim of being both scholarly and accessible. -- Quakers in Criminal Justice For those preferring a more critical analysis and who are ambitious to work in a landscape illuminated by research and what the co-editors might call "ethical principles", this book will be welcomed... More importantly, it is relevant across the range of disciplines and professions involved in youth justice and prevention... The co-editors conclude with an excellent retrospective analysis of the book as a whole, providing commentary on the themes and some useful messages for policy and practice development. All this is crucial reading at a time when youth justice is facing big changes, with few elements of practice, or governance, likely to remain stable. -- Children & Young People Now

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