Ecological Youth Justice: Understanding the Social Ecology of Young People's Prolific Offending

Diana F Johns, Katherine Williams, Kevin Haines

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    Abstract

    This article outlines a social ecological approach to understanding young people’s prolific offending and effective youth justice responses to it. Seeing young people through the lens of interactions and relationships – with family, peers, community and the broader socio-cultural-political context – gives insight into the type of interventions that can most effectively disrupt their offending and enhance their wellbeing. These insights have implications for the way in which youth offending teams engage with young people, in their social context, to bring about positive change in their lives. Effective interventions, we argue, focus on engaging young people in normalising relationships, over time.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-21
    Number of pages19
    JournalYouth Justice
    Volume17
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

    Keywords

    • Positive Development
    • prolific offending
    • social ecology
    • young people
    • youth justice

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