Social work and Youth Justice in a global context: Practising in shifting and conflicting paradigms

Bill Whyte

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Abstract

Social work in youth justice is directed by international standards based on an implied socio-educative paradigm that conflicts with the dominant criminal justice paradigm in operation in most jurisdictions. This creates global challenges in establishing “child-centred” policy and practice for dealing with young people under the age of 18 years in conflict with the law. Social work practitioners, directed by international imperatives and professional ethics, operate between shifting and often conflicting paradigms. It is essential they are familiar with international obligations and operate as “culture carriers” providing an ongoing challenge to systems of youth justice. This chapter examines these issues and, in the absence of consensus or of a shared paradigm for social work practice across jurisdictions, considers what a socio-educative paradigm for practice might look like.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvidence Discovery and Assessment in Social Work Practice
EditorsMargaret Pack, Justin Cargill
Place of PublicationPennsylvania, USA
PublisherIGI Global
Pages149-165
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781466665644
ISBN (Print)9781466665637
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2014

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