Juvenile Justice Issues (3): Social Work with Young Offenders—Care or Control?

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI:
Juvenile Justice Issues (3): Social Work with Young Offenders—Care or Control?

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Officers who are trained for social work, or those who claim to adopt the social work approach, are those who carry out the treatments received by young offenders. Non-custodial CBTs are more concerned with employing care. In contrast, custodial treatments that lock up young offenders are focused more on the security and safety of the staff and other inmates. The notion of care in social work refers to providing “support” or anything that may be able to assist the offender in dealing with his personal or social problems. Control, on the other hand, refers to activities such as the different forms of disciplinary measures that are directed towards regulating the behavior of the offender. In this chapter, focus is given to the issue of whether these two different approaches can coexist.

Keywords: care; control; custodial treatments; non-custodial treatments; regulation of behavior; personal problems; social problems

Chapter.  1113 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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