Supporting children's resettlement ('reentry') after custody : beyond the risk paradigm

Hazel, N ORCID: and Bateman, T 2021, 'Supporting children's resettlement ('reentry') after custody : beyond the risk paradigm' , Youth Justice Journal, 21 (1) , pp. 71-89.

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In response to policy concerns in England and Wales and internationally, a considerable knowledge-base has identified factors statistically associated with reduced recidivism for children leaving custody. However, despite resulting guidance on how to support resettlement (‘reentry’), practice and outcomes remain disappointing. We argue that this failure reflects weaknesses in the dominant ‘risk paradigm’, which lacks a theory of change and undermines children’s agency. We conceptualise resettlement as a pro-social identity-shift. A new practice model reinterprets existing risk-based messages accordingly, and crucially adds principles to guide a child’s desistance journey. However, successful implementation may require the model to inform culture change more broadly across youth justice.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Youth Justice Journal
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1473-2254
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Funders: Big Lottery Fund
Depositing User: Professor Neal Hazel
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2020 11:01
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:25

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