Doing Youth Justice: Analysing Risk and Need Assessments in Youth Justice Practice, 2004-2005


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The past decade has seen a rapid expansion of the numbers of young people drawn into the criminal justice system and custody. This study investigates how youth justice practitioners (including Youth Offending Team (YOT) workers, solicitors, police and lay magistrates) assess the risks and needs of young law-breakers, and make decisions and recommendations. The study also explores how the young offenders themselves engage in these processes. A case study approach has been adopted where all individuals routinely involved in processing young law-breakers from a single small Local Authority have been interviewed. A sample of young offenders have also been interviewed. Six months of ethnographic observations of the youth court and YOT meetings and key policy meetings within the Magistrates’ Court, Local Authority and police authority were used to supplement interview materials. Currently, only the interview transcripts are available from the UKDA. Further information can be found about the project on the ESRC web page.

Main Topics:

Main topics covered include:professional understanding of young offendersmagisterial understanding of young offendersyoung offenders' understanding of the criminal justice processessolicitors' understanding of young offenders

Volunteer sample

Face-to-face interview

Focus group

Metadata Access
Creator Phoenix, J., University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2009
Funding Reference Economic and Social Research Council
Rights Copyright J. Phoenix; <p>The Data Collection is available to UK Data Service registered users subject to the <a href="" target="_blank">End User Licence Agreement</a>.</p>
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Resource Type Text; Semi-structured interview transcripts; Focus Group transcripts; Interview notes
Discipline Jurisprudence; Law; Psychology; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage England