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Just deserts? Developing practice in youth justice

Kubiak, Chris and Hester, Richard (2009). Just deserts? Developing practice in youth justice. Learning in Health and Social Care, 8(1) pp. 47–57.

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Abstract

This paper considers the issues involved in developing a programme for youth justice practitioners. Contemporary youth justice practice occurs in an increasingly managerialist and punitive context raising questions about how best to develop effective practitioners. It is argued that youth justice practice involves a recurring challenge of meeting situations of high complexity that must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, guided by a clear understanding of how offending behaviour is constituted. The Professional Certificate in Effective Practice is reviewed and it is argued that education must emphasise reflective understanding. A critique of competency based education in relation to the Diploma in Probation Studies is also presented arguing that such an approach renders invisible important aspects of practice. Recommendations are made for a curriculum for a youth justice programme which stresses humanism, reflective understanding of context and history, criminology, sociology and psychology, social exclusion, social control, risk, victimology and comparative youth justice.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1473-6853
Extra Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Keywords: curriculum; education; justice; pedagogy; practice; youth;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 12929
Depositing User: Christopher Kubiak
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2009 01:51
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 21:19
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/12929
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