Preventing and reducing risk

Authored by: Stephen Case

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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From the 1990s onwards, the spectre of the ‘risk society’ (Beck 1992) began to exert an increasing influence on official responses to young people perceived to be ‘problematic’. Rapid globalization, wide-ranging social changes and socio-economic uncertainty have encouraged a preoccupation with unpredictability and ‘risk’ – particularly the risk ostensibly presented by young people to themselves and others (see Goldson 2003). Consequently, risk-based responses have pervaded youth justice policy and practice to the point that the notion of risk (factors) underpins all work with young people who enter the youth justice system.

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