Hester, Richard and Taylor, Wayne
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|DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13576275.2011.586121|
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This paper is concerned with the professional response to bereavement, grief and loss experienced by children and young people subject to criminal justice interventions. It looks at the most common responses within the youth offending service and secure estate to this ‘need’ and asks what this says about the nexus between theory, research and practice. Here the authors draw on both criminological research and the literature around death and dying to discuss what is appropriate, what is ethical, and ‘what works’ – if anything - in such interventions. They argue that interpretations of the Risk Factor Prevention Paradigm (RFPP) – the currently dominant ‘mode of understanding’ in youth justice – and risk management can result in the relative neglect of bereavement and loss as ‘welfare issues’ beyond the remit of those engaged in offender rehabilitation. The paradigm’s focus on individual pathology also tends to militate against youth practitioner involvement in more social and community-orientated responses to bereavement and loss, despite growing evidence from around the world of the efficacy of such restorative approaches. The authors conclude by reflecting on the call to ‘bridge the gap’ (Bridging Work Group, 2005) between research and practice in bereavement, asking how a similar process might be facilitated within youth justice.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Copyright Holders:||2011 Taylor & Francis|
|Keywords:||bereavement; youth justice; effective practice; risk factor(s); rehabilitation|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care|
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)|
|Depositing User:||Richard Hester|
|Date Deposited:||11 Nov 2011 10:00|
|Last Modified:||11 Jan 2013 22:24|
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