Research-informed youth justice?

Authored by: Barry Goldson

Youth Justice Handbook

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

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


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This chapter critically reviews the relationship between research and youth justice policy and practice. It is argued that ‘youth’ has comprised a key focus of official inquiry and academic criminology for the best part of two centuries. The knowledge produced by such activity, together with the lessons offered by substantial practice experience and the provisions of international human rights instruments, provides a basis for research-informed youth justice. In this way, five core policy and practice principles are identified and discussed. The chapter proceeds to signal the means by which the enduring politicization of youth justice serves to undermine research-informed approaches and, in so doing, to distort the processes of policy formation and practice development.

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