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2nd Edition

Working with Young People in Secure Accommodation
From chaos to culture

ISBN 9780415843225
Published April 17, 2014 by Routledge
230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The detention of children and young people as a response to delinquent and antisocial behaviour remains a topical and controversial issue.

In this new edition of Working with Young People in Secure Accommodation, Jim Rose provides an historical perspective on the topic of young people in custody and discusses the changes that have taken place in youth justice and the secure estate over recent years.

Rose introduces new material and has updated the original content in order to reflect changes in policy and practice. New areas covered include a consideration of the issues arising for children and families who are detained while issues of immigration and removal are being determined and the detention of children in police custody. Using a framework of ideas and theories to support staff thinking, the central chapters explore in detail the dynamics that emerge when the daily work of staff requires them to engage with vulnerable young people in the intense conditions of a locked environment. The relationships between staff and young people are shown as critical for the achievement of positive outcomes.

Taking a unique look at the issue of detention and its impact on young people, this highly topical book will be invaluable reading for practitioners, academics, policy makers and senior managers as well as students of social work, youth justice and education.

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene. Ideas Matter. It’s the Stories that are Important. What Happens Inside? Part 1. What Happens Inside? Part 2. The Art of Management? Making the Impossible Even More Difficult. The Extraordinary Ordinary.

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Jim Rose has a long career in working with children and young people, including managing secure accommodation and a period as Professional Advisor to the Home Office on the placement and management of young people sentenced to long-term custody.


'Few people could provide an authoritative account of the changes in policy and practice that have occurred during the last decade concerning the detention of children and young people and place it within a practical guide for staff working within secure settings. Based on his vast personal experience of working with troubled and troublesome children growing up in closed institutions, Jim Rose has achieved that with great skill in this second edition of Working with Young People in Secure Accommodation.' - Fay Deadman, OBE, from the foreword

‘For those working within locked settings, this book will provide an invaluable source from which to draw knowledge, a way of approaching and living with young people and a point of strength and respite when an individual day has been especially difficult. However, this book should also be an essential read for all professionals who at any point in a child’s development are involved in the decision-making process that leads to secure accommodation.’ - Professor Sue Bailey, President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, from the foreword to the first edition