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Towards a 'welfare + rights' model in youth justice

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There have been a number of attempts to elaborate models and typologies of youth justice, which are, in turn, associated with particular jurisdictions and youth justice systems. While analyses of this type represent attempts to differentiate according to specific criteria, such as their implicit understanding of the causes of young people's behaviour, it is also a matter of debate as to whether these tend to overstate differences at the expense of commonalities and pressures towards convergence. Despite the unresolved nature of these arguments, the article nonetheless utilises the framework offered by the notion of a model of youth justice to develop an alternative conceptualisation, bringing together, rather than opposing, principles of welfare and rights, in order to argue for a progressive and clearly distinctive approach to intervention with young people whose behaviour is seen as problematic, and who are potentially criminalised.
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Keywords: MODELS OF YOUTH JUSTICE; RIGHTS; WELFARE; YOUTH JUSTICE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: roger. [email protected] ac. uk Durham University, UK

Publication date: November 2014

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