Young people who offend

Kathryn Farrow, Gill Kelly and Bernadette Wilkinson

in Offenders in focus

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302865 | DOI:
Young people who offend

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This chapter brings together ideas about working with young people who offend (aged 10 to 21), presenting developmental approaches to understanding offending behaviour that are particularly associated with a youth-informed perspective but also have relevance to work with many adult offenders. The history of work with young offenders and crime exemplifies some of the key practice issues that are addressed in this book, namely the need to balance: risks and needs; control and care; punishment and treatment; actuarial and technical approaches and dynamic personal engagement. Arguably, these issues flow from the tension between ‘freedom’ versus ‘control’ or liberalism versus authoritarianism. The balancing act takes place against a backdrop of the diversity of individual young people's experiences as well as the risk factors they share. The chapter explores youth, both as a lens through which to view and understand the interrelationships between dynamic risk factors influencing offending behaviour and as an aspect of responsivity which should shape how interventions are designed and delivered. It also discusses youth justice and examines two key aspects of practice: assessment and interventions.

Keywords: young people; offending behaviour; young offenders; crime; risk factors; responsivity; diversity; youth justice; assessment; interventions

Chapter.  7719 words.  Illustrated.

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