1st Edition

Youth Justice Handbook Theory, Policy and Practice

Edited By Wayne Taylor, Rod Earle, Richard Hester Copyright 2010
    288 Pages
    by Willan

    288 Pages
    by Willan

    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

    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


    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.

    'The Youth Justice Handbook: Theory, Policy and Practice provides an excellent overview of key themes and issues surrounding effective practice in youth justice.'

    '...Taylor, Earle and Hester have compiled an excellent volume, which offers insightful answers...'
    -Daniel Marshall, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge