Youth justice

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This chapter explores the founding principles, operational functioning and impact of the institutions which have evolved across the four nations in the United Kingdom to deal with children and young people who come into conflict with the law. Its takes as it principal empirical focus the shifting patterns of control which have emerged over the past twenty years: a period characterised by a persistent disjuncture between normative claims about youth justice, evolving policy discourse, and the impact of youth justice practices on the lives of young people. The chapter concludes by arguing that unless there is better alignment between these dimensions, then justice for children and young people cannot and will never be delivered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Handbook of Criminology
EditorsAlison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, Lesley McAra
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780198719441
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks


  • children
  • young people
  • institutional cultures
  • devolution
  • rights
  • diversion
  • policy
  • polity building


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