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Power Knowledge and Children's Rights in the Teaching of Youth Justice Practice

Hester, Richard (2008). Power Knowledge and Children's Rights in the Teaching of Youth Justice Practice. IUC Journal of Social Work: Theory and Practice(17)

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Abstract

In 1997 in the UK, New Labour (the alternative branding of the Labour Party) swept to power and proceeded to make some rather hasty changes to the youth justice system in England and Wales, including the development of Youth Offending Teams and a new non-departmental government body, the Youth Justice Board (YJB), designed to coordinate the new youth justice system. Recently, it has been acknowledged by some that these changes have not resulted in a 'better' system. The paper outlines how the training of 'youth justice practitioners' reflects the bigger picture of central control, the pursuit of a contested 'what works' agenda, and managerialism. It explores the consequent impact of this approach on the rights of children caught up in the youth justice system as seen through the lens of the power–knowledge nexus. This is followed by a broader examination of the necessary theoretical foundations upon which such teaching and learning in the youth justice field might be placed with reference to Nellis' 'overarching' and 'underpinning' knowledge developed in the context of the Probation Diploma. Finally, some tentative recommendations are made, concluding with some potential challenges. These include the consequent impact these challenges might have on improving children's rights and reducing the use of custody for children in the criminal justice system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2008 BSU/IUC Journal of Social Work Theory & Practice
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
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Item ID: 19802
Depositing User: Katy Gagg
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 16:48
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 06:20
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19802
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