Risk assessment and risk management: the right approach?

Hazel Kemshall

in Young people and 'risk'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9781847420008
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304364 | DOI:
Risk assessment and risk management: the right approach?

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In recent years, the ‘risk business’ has seen a phenomenal growth and net widening. This also applies to crime management, with risk forming a key ingredient of the penal policy. In the adult arena, this has seen increased attention to the ‘community protection model’, with an emphasis on public protection sentencing, restrictive conditions in the community and interventions led by risk. Within this paradigm, moral re-engineering programmes focused on monitoring, surveillance and ‘management in place’. This pervasiveness of risk has also seeped into the youth justice arena and into social policy conception of the youths, resulting to the increased ‘problematisation of youth’ and state-driven interventions to control and regulate youths. This chapter discusses risk assessment and risk management in youths. It focuses on the right approaches to the management and regulation of young offenders. It particularly highlights the need to distinguish adult risk prevention paradigm from children risk prevention paradigm as children are significantly different from adults.

Keywords: risk business; risk; community protection model; youth justice arena; youths; problematisation of youth; state-driven interventions; risk assessment; risk management

Chapter.  7523 words. 

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