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Janus-Faced Youth Justice Work and the Transformation of Accountability

Armitage, Vici; Kelly, Laura and Phoenix, Jo (2016). Janus-Faced Youth Justice Work and the Transformation of Accountability. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 55(4) pp. 478–495.

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This article revisits claims about the relationship between ‘standardisation’, ‘discretion’ and ‘accountability’ in youth justice made in the wake of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. We argue that less centralisation and less standardisation have transformed accountability, but this is experienced differently according to the place held in the organisational hierarchy. This recognition demands a more nuanced understanding of ‘practitioner discretion’, which can account for differences between managerial and frontline experiences of what we describe as ‘janus‐faced youth justice work’, and a broad definition of the youth justice field and associated actors.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Howard League and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN: 2059-1101
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetES/J009857/1Economic and Social Research Council
Not SetES/J009857/2Economic and Social Research Council
Keywords: accountability; discretion; managerialism; youth justice
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 59861
Depositing User: Joanna Phoenix
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 11:19
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2020 06:11
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