Policy Press

Youth Justice

Towards a Contextualised Understanding of Policy-Making

By Stephen Case

Published

Jun 20, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369660

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jun 20, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1447369684

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Youth Justice

Policy development and implementation has a pivotal role in the youth justice system, profoundly impacting professionals and the children they work with. This imaginative book challenges limited explanations of policy-making as linear and government-dominated through original research into the practices, identities and relationships of a wide range of stakeholders working in multiple policy- making contexts in England and Wales.

The result is a detailed expert analysis of the contexts and mechanisms of youth justice policy-making. This book is key reading for researchers, professionals and students seeking effective understandings and responses to the long term social problem of youth offending.

Stephen Case is Professor of Youth Justice in the Department of Criminology, Sociology & Social Policy at Loughborough University.

Introduction: Contextualised Understanding of Youth Justice Policy-Making

1. The Contextualised Construction of Youth Justice Policy

2. Methodology: Exploring Contextualised Constructions of Youth Justice Policy

3. Expansionist ‘New Youth Justice’ Policy

4. Austerity Youth Justice As Tentative Policy ‘Progress’

5. Exploring Youth Justice Policy-Making Contexts and Mechanisms

6. Professional Identities, Expertise and Evidence

7. The Centrality of Relationships in Youth Justice Policy-Making

Discussion: Towards a Contextualised Understanding of Youth Justice Policy-Making