• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

It is vital for social work students and practitioners to understand the complexities of the youth justice system. This fully revised second edition analyses and puts into context several pieces of new legislation such as the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, the Youth Rehabilitation Order 2009 and the new Youth Conditional Caution. Carefully selected case studies and summaries of contemporary research help to underpin this accessible and essential resource. Ideal for students on placement, this new edition enables the reader to follow complex and often difficult legislation and law.


This book has sought to introduce you to social work practice within the field of youth justice by considering the different aspects of the youth justice system and the work undertaken by social workers in Youth Offending Teams. We have looked at social work practice by considering case studies of young people at differing stages of involvement in youth justice as a way of exploring some of the issues.

One of the themes running through this book is the fact that as a social worker practising in youth justice, you will encounter many practice dilemmas when working with young people involved in offending behaviour. In order to ensure that you approach these professionally, the importance of supervision and reflective practice as tools to deal with ...

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