This book raises important policy questions in relation to early intervention strategies and crime prevention work with children, young people and their families in the United Kingdom. In terms of current government policy, early intervention has become firmly embedded under New Labour's administration as the overarching strategy to address both social exclusion and offending behaviour among children, young people and their families. There are a number of assumptions underpinning the approach set out in the book: that the earlier the intervention, the better it will be; that targeted as opposed to universal provision is appropriate; and that coercive engagement based on a carrot-and-stick approach is most effective. In conclusion, this chapter charts a path through the contentious intervention field in the context of the reformed youth justice system and its rebalancing during 2008. It considers how the greater integration of youth justice with youth services, children's services and family work allows for a new structure at a local level in which to respond properly to the needs of those young people and families considered most at risk of offending.
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