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Values in criminology and community justice$
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Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001

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What’s valuable, what’s valued in today’s youth justice?

What’s valuable, what’s valued in today’s youth justice?

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(p.295) Seventeen What’s valuable, what’s valued in today’s youth justice?
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Values in criminology and community justice
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Anne Robinson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.003.0017

This chapter looks critically at the New Labour reforms to the youth justice system and the ideas and values active in political rhetoric, policy and practice throughout their three terms in office. Three distinct periods were evident and there is now a fourth separate period taking shape under the Coalition, operating with a different ideology and in a climate of austerity. Some of New Labour’s extensive youth justice framework is being dismantled but other elements - such as multi-agency youth offending teams - are still in place. And while the Coalition is less keen on criminalising young people, it seems no more on their ’side’ than New Labour. The question is whether academics and practitioners can come together to press for change in a direction that is more attentive to young people in transition and their needs.

Keywords:   Youth justice/ youth justice reform, Young people, Youth policy, Professional values, Welfare, Children’s rights

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