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Youth Justice and Child Protection

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This book is an examination of recent developments in the areas of youth justice and child protection. It investigates how well young people and the societies in which they live are served by judicial and service systems. Consideration is given to those in care - in young offenders' institutions, foster families and residential homes - as well as those living with their families.

A broad range of international experts discuss the largely segregated youth justice and children's legal and service systems in England and Wales, other parts of Western Europe and the US, and compare these with Scotland's integrated system. The implications of these arrangements are considered for the rights of children and parents on the one hand and society on the other. The contributors also provide insights into the rationale for current and proposed policies, as well as the efficacy of different systems.

This book will be an important reference for policy-makers, social workers, lawyers, magistrates and equivalent decision makers, health professionals, carers, and all those working in youth justice and child protection. It is highly relevant for academics and students interested in children, citizenship, youth crime, child welfare and state-family relations.
  • Published: Sep 15 2006
  • Pages: 320
  • 232 x 159mm
  • ISBN: 9781843102793
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Press Reviews

  • British Journal of Psychiatry

    This book is a useful reference for all those working in criminal justice, child protection or the interface between both, including social workers, health professionals, lawyers and those involved in developing policy in this area.
  • Health and Social Care in the Community

    This book is a treasury of contributions providing insights into the history of policy and judicial and professional responses to youth offending, and the mix with child protection in the last 60 years.
  • Dramatherapy

    This book would be useful for dramatherapists working within or seeing young people.
  • Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law

    It is an authoritative addition to the small but growing literature on comparative youth justice and child protection. Its strength lies in its critique of prevailing orthodoxy and deserves attention from scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers who profess a concern with the welfare of troubled children.