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Chaos, containment and change: Responding to persistent offending by young people

Batchelor, Susan and McNeill, Fergus (2002) Chaos, containment and change: Responding to persistent offending by young people. Youth Justice, 2 (1). pp. 27-43. ISSN 1747-6283

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Abstract

This article reviews policy developments in Scotland concerning 'persistent young offenders' and then describes the design of a study intended to assist a local planning group in developing its response. The key findings of a review of casefiles of young people involved in persistent offending are reported. It emerges that youth crime and young people involved in offending are more complex and heterogeneous than is sometimes assumed. This, along with a review of some literature about desistance from offending, reaffirms the need for properly individualised interventions. Studies of 'desisters' suggest the centrality of effective and engaging working relationships in this process. However, these studies also re-assert the significance of the social contexts of workers' efforts to bring 'change' out of 'chaos'. We conclude therefore that the 'new correctionalism' must be tempered with appreciation of the social exclusion of young people who offend.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1396
Keywords: persistent young offenders, youth crime, social exclusion, Law (General), Criminal justice administration, Law, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Law > Law (General)
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminal justice administration
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Law School (SBS)
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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    Depositing user: Allison Crawford
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2006
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 10:56
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1396

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