Policy Press

Desistance and Children

Critical Reflections from Theory, Research and Practice

Edited by Alexandra Wigzell, Claire Paterson-Young and Tim Bateman

Published

May 31, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369110

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

May 31, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369134

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Desistance and Children

Available open access digitally under CC BY-NC-ND licence.

‘Desistance’ - understanding how people move away from offending – has become a significant policy focus in recent years, with desistance thinking transplanted from the adult to the youth justice system in England and Wales. This book is the first to critique this approach to justice-involved children, many of whom are yet to fully develop an identity (criminal or otherwise) from which to ‘desist’.

Featuring voices from academia, policy and practice, this book explores practical approaches to desistance with children in the ‘Child First’ context. It gives new insights into how children can be supported to move away from offending and proposes reforms to make a meaningful difference to children’s lives.

Alexandra Wigzell is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

Claire Paterson-Young is Associate Professor at the Institute for Social innovation and Impact, University of Northampton.

Tim Bateman was Reader in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire.

Foreword – Professor Fergus McNeill

1. Desistance and Children: Setting the Scene - Dr Alexandra Wigzell, Dr Claire Paterson-Young and Dr Tim Bateman

2. ‘Child First’ and Desistance - Professor Neal Hazel and Professor Stephen Case

3. Child Time, Adult Time, Fugitivity and Desistance - Dr Diana Johns

4. Should Desistance Thinking Be Applied to Children in the Criminal Justice System? - Ross Little and Professor Kevin Haines

5. Young Women and Punishment Within and Beyond the Penal System - Dr Gilly Sharpe

6. Supporting Girls in Care To Desist From Offending Behaviour - Dr Jo Staines, Dr Julie Shaw, Dr Katie Hunter and Dr Claire Fitzpatrick

7. Black and Mixed Heritage Boys: Desistance Through a Co-Creative Critical Race and Post-Colonial Lens - Dr John Wainwright

8. Growing in Maturity, Growing in Faith, Growing Out of Crime: The Role of Children and Young People’s Faith in Desistance From Crime - Tim Rosier

9. Desistance Approaches in Youth Justice – Conceptualisations, Barriers and Enablers - Dr Kathy Hampson

10. Summer Arts Colleges: Using the Arts To Promote Educational Engagement and Desistance - Martin Stephenson

11. Desistance Through Participatory Practice: Involving Children in Decision Making Processes in Youth Justice - Dr Sean Creaney, Dr Samantha Burns, Anne-Marie Douglas, Andrew Brierley, and Colin Falconer

12. Relationship-Based Work With Children in the Youth Justice System - Dr Roberta Evans and Dr Kirstine Szifris

13. Through a Youth Justice Practitioner’s Lens – Would a Sentencing Alternative to the Criminal Conviction Be a Small Change With a Big Impact on Children’s Desistance? - Steven Carr

14. Innovative and Theoretically Informed Intervention Programmes for Children Who Offend: The Compass Project - Dr Neema Trivedi-Bateman

15. What Next for Desistance and Youth Justice? - Dr Alexandra Wigzell, Dr Claire Paterson-Young and Dr Tim Bateman