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Youth Justice Handbook

Theory, Policy and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Wayne Taylor, Rod Earle, Richard Hester


288 pages

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What knowledge and skills do you need to practise effectively as a professional within the youth justice system? What values should inform your work with children and young people subject to criminal justice sanctions? These are the central questions addressed by the editors and contributors in this comprehensive new text.

The Youth Justice Handbook provides an essential resource for practitioners in youth justice as well as those who are studying the subject as part of their training or an academic course. Its aim is to equip practitioners in youth justice and the wider children’s workforce with an understanding of key theoretical concepts from a range of disciplines that might inform and enhance their work. It encourages a critical interrogation of the ideas that underpin practice by drawing on social constructionist approaches to issues such as ‘child development’, ‘crime’ and ‘punishment’ and related concepts. It provides a descriptive account of current practice in

areas such as community corrections and incarceration, examining the evidence base for this and suggesting – where appropriate – alternative strategies.

The key objective of the Handbook is to provide students with the confidence to critically reflect on the ideas and debates that currently influence the work undertaken with young people as well as those that may shape practice in the future. By equipping them with the basic skills of analysis and an understanding of key themes and developments, it aims to further promote their progression as reflective practitioners and autonomous learners.

The Youth Justice Handbook takes a multidisciplinary approach, and contains chapters from leading experts in the field which draw on original research and practical experience of working in the area. It is divided into five parts:

• Contexts of childhood and youth

• Research, knowledge and evidence in youth justice

• Policy, possibilities and penal realities in youth justice

• Reflective practice

• Widening contexts

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Contexts of Childhood and Youth Introduction 1. Structural Disadvantage: Youth, Class, Crime and Poverty, Joe Yates 2. Transitions to Adulthood, Rachel Thomson 3. From Child to Adult: Theoretical Assumptions in Ideas about Growing Up, Lindsay O'Dell 4. Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll: Young People as Consumers, Mary Jane Kehily 5. Bullying as Abuse, Carrie-Anne Myers Part 2: Research, Knowledge and Evidence in Youth Justice Introduction 6. Research-informed Youth Justice? Barry Goldson 7. Whose Account Counts? Politics and Research in Youth Justice, Jo Phoenix 8. Globalisation, Power and Knowledge in Youth Justice, Richard Hester 9. Preventing and Reducing Risk, Stephen Case 10. What Can we Know, and How Can we Know it? Wendy Stainton Rogers Part 3: Policy, Possibilities and Penal Realities in Youth Justice Introduction 11. Parenting and Youth Justice: Policy and Practice, Amanda Holt 12. Restorative Justice at the Heart of the Youth Community, Helen Mahaffey 13. Children and Young People in Custody, Rod Morgan 14. Living in a Box: Ethnicity and Identity Inside a Young Men's Prison, Rod Earle Part 4: Reflective Practice Introduction 15. Promoting Desistance Amongst Young People, Monica Barry 16. Young People's 'Voices' as Evidence, Jean Hine 17. Partnership: Putting Relationships to Work, Mo Barratt 18. Reflective Practice in Youth Justice, Wayne Taylor Part 5: Widening Contexts Introduction 19. The United Nations, Children's Rights and Juvenile Justice, John Muncie 20. Human Rights and Youth Justice in Europe, Rob Canton 21. Values in Youth Justice: Practice Approaches to Welfare and Justice for Young People in UK Jurisdictions, Bill Whyte 22. The Dragonisation of Youth Justice, Kevin Haines 23. The Development of Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland, Kelvin Doherty Conclusion

About the Editors

Wayne Taylor works at HM Young Offenders Institute in Northumberland.

Rod Earle is Lecturer in Youth Justice in the Faculty of Heath and Social Care at the Open University.

Richard Hester is the Director of the Department of Health and Social Care at the Open University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology