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Prevention and youth crimeIs early intervention working?$
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Maggie Blyth and Enver Solomon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422637

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422637.001.0001

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(p.115) Conclusion
Prevention and youth crime

Maggie Blyth

Enver Solomon

Policy Press

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.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, early intervention, crime prevention, children, young people, families, social exclusion, offending behaviour, coercive engagement, youth services

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