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'Out of Care' 30 years on.

Smith, David (2010) 'Out of Care' 30 years on. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 10 (2). pp. 119-135.

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Abstract

The article recalls the writing of Out of Care, often regarded as a key text for juvenile justice policy and practice in England and Wales in the 1980s. It dispels some misconceptions about the book’s arguments, showing that it argued for a ‘welfare’ rather than a ‘justice’ approach to juvenile offending, and offered a set of prescriptions for face-to-face practice as well as for a critical understanding of the local juvenile justice system. The article acknowledges some contradictions and ambiguities in Out of Care, but shows that it is a mistake to treat it as advocating minimum (as opposed to targeted) intervention, or as arguing that the content of direct work with young people is unimportant. The article traces some of the processes by which the ideas in the book were made available to audiences of practitioners and policy-makers, and how changes in policy in particular local authorities encouraged a wider process of reform.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-custodialism ; care orders ; juvenile justice ; social work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 34642
Deposited By: Professor David Smith
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2010 09:15
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2012 17:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34642

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