Integrated or targeted youth support services: an essay on ‘prevention’

Howard Williamson

in Prevention and youth crime

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422637
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303060 | DOI:
Integrated or targeted youth support services: an essay on ‘prevention’

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There is a lot of mischief within the debate on the respective merits and effectiveness of ‘universal’ versus ‘targeted’ services — of any kind. The point is that, in relation to any ‘target’ group but here in the context of young people, services should actually reach and have the desired impact on them. Over the past decade or so, this has produced a particularly polarised debate between, on the one hand, some sections of what might be called the traditional youth service, which has continued to advocate for universality, and, on the other hand, new policy approaches such as youth crime prevention. Youth work is routinely claimed explicitly to be about the personal development of young people and the ‘social education’ of the adolescent, while youth justice is explicitly about holding young people to account for their offending behaviour. This chapter examines the debate on what is the more appropriate approach for youth crime prevention in the United Kingdom, targeted youth support services or integrated youth support services.

Keywords: United Kingdom; crime prevention; youth crime; youth work; youth justice; targeted youth support services; integrated youth support services; offending behaviour; young people

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