Child first, offender second – a progressive model for education in custody

Case, S and Hazel, N ORCID: 2020, 'Child first, offender second – a progressive model for education in custody' , International Journal of Educational Development, 77 , p. 102244.

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Dis­en­gage­ment and poor ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment in ed­u­ca­tion are firmly es­tab­lished risk fac­tors for ju­ve­nile crime, lead­ing pol­i­cy­mak­ers to iden­tify ed­u­ca­tional pro­vi­sion in and af­ter cus­tody as a key path­way for ef­fec­tive reen­try (re­set­tle­ment). How­ever, al­though there is emerg­ing ev­i­dence that chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional progress can re­duce re­cidi­vism, per­sis­tent is­sues have dogged the de­liv­ery of ed­u­ca­tion in cus­tody across the West­ern world. We iden­tify these is­sues as rooted in fun­da­men­tal weak­nesses of the risk par­a­digm that de­fines the re­la­tion­ship be­tween cus­to­dial ed­u­ca­tion and ju­ve­nile jus­tice out­comes, in par­tic­u­lar re­flect­ing the ab­sence of a co­gent the­ory of change. We pro­pose an al­ter­na­tive ‘Child First’ con­cep­tual frame­work for cus­to­dial ed­u­ca­tion that draws on the ‘Pos­i­tive Youth Jus­tice’ ap­proach in con­tem­po­rary youth jus­tice and adopts the de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren’s pro-so­cial iden­tity as its the­ory of change and key pur­pose. We ex­plore for the first-time what over­ar­ch­ing prin­ci­ples such an ap­proach might en­tail and test the ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of its the­ory of change by us­ing it to rein­ter­pret ex­ist­ing good prac­tice mes­sages for cus­to­dial ed­u­ca­tion.There­fore, we pro­pose a thor­ough­go­ing eval­u­a­tion of cus­to­dial ed­u­ca­tion prac­tice through such a ‘Child First’ lens.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Educational Development
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0738-0593
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Depositing User: Professor Neal Hazel
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 10:49
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:58

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