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Youth Justice Handbook

Theory, Policy and Practice

Edited by: Wayne Taylor , Rod Earle , Richard Hester

Print publication date:  October  2009
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9781843927174
eBook ISBN: 9781315820064
Adobe ISBN: 9781317821755

10.4324/9781315820064
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Book description

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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Structural disadvantage: youth, class, crime and poverty Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Transitions to adulthood Download PDF
Chapter  3:  From child to adult: theoretical assumptions in ideas about growing up Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Sex ‘n’ drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll: young people as consumers Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Bullying as abuse Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Research-informed youth justice? Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Whose account counts? Politics and research in youth justice Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Globalization, power and knowledge in youth justice Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Preventing and reducing risk Download PDF
Chapter  10:  What can we know, and how can we know it? Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Parenting and youth justice: policy and practice Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Restorative justice at the heart of the youth community Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Children and young people in custody Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Living in a box: ethnicity and identity inside a young men’s prison Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Promoting desistance among young people Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Young people’s ‘voices’ as evidence Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Partnership: putting relationships to work Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Reflective practice in youth justice Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The United Nations, children’s rights and juvenile justice Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Human rights and youth justice in Europe Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Values in youth justice: practice approaches to welfare and justice for young people in UK jurisdictions Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The dragonization of youth justice Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The development of restorative justice in Northern Ireland Download PDF
Conclusion Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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