Restorative justice at the heart of the youth community

Authored by: Helen Mahaffey

Youth Justice Handbook

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

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

10.4324/9781315820064.ch12

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Abstract

Historically, political responses to youth offending have focused on the individual offender. Restorative principles and practices, however, have presented an alternative framework which asserts that responsibility is communal and shared. An examination of the origins of restorative and community approaches and a critical analysis of the ideas and practices that are continuing to develop raise important questions about the directions currently taken in the field of youth justice.

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