‘Objects of concern’ or ‘risky young offenders’? Assessment and intervention with children in the public care and youth justice systems of England and Wales

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    Abstract

    Experiences of victimization and trauma cannot account fully for the over-representation in the youth justice system of young people with a background in public care. This chapter explores the relationship between the child protection, public care and youth justice systems in England and Wales (United Kingdom). There is a tendency in social work and youth justice practice to make children the objects of risk assessment (in terms of „risk of harm‟ and „risk of reoffending‟) without paying at least equal attention to the risks posed to children by powerful professionals and the systems they represent. The author duly conducts a risk assessment of the child welfare and criminal justice processes through which such young people typically pass.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook on Punishment Decisions
    Subtitle of host publicationLocations of Disparity
    EditorsJeffery Ulmer, Mindy Bradley
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages385-415
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315410371
    ISBN (Print)9781138221475
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2017

    Publication series

    NameASC Division on Corrections and Sentencing Handbook Series
    PublisherRoutledge
    Volume2

    Keywords

    • Youth Justice
    • child protection
    • public care
    • assessment
    • risk
    • England and Wales
    • child welfare
    • criminal justice system

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