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Youth Justice Discussion Blog by Sean Creaney
  • Extract from a paper I am presenting next month at the University of Cambridge
    Moreover youth justice professionals provide minimal consideration towards gender-specific matters, and what’s more, tend to statistically ‘over predict’ the offending behaviour of girls, resulting in the deployment of more ‘intrusive’ measures (Bateman, 2008; Nacro, 2008; Sharpe, 2011). With regard to early-preventative measures, girls have continually been referred to the YISP for expressing welfare difficulties as [...]
  • Offending Girls: Young Women and Youth Justice
    Offending Girls: Young Women and Youth Justice is an academic text written by Gilly Sharpe It has only recently been published and provides up-to-date information on girls in the Youth Justice System. Personally, I think it is a very engaging text, and I would recommend to anyone researching girls in the Youth Justice System for undergraduate [...]
  • Annual Youth Justice Convention 2011
    Did everyone enjoy the Annual Youth Justice Convention 2011 ? what was discussed ? did you agree with what was being said?
  • National Association for Youth Justice
    Become a member of the National Association for Youth Justice and stay up to date with the latest youth justice developments. As part of the membership you will receive a copy of Youth Justice: an international journal
  • Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
    Stay up to date with the latest developments in Youth Justice. Please sign up to updates from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
  • Was youth justice policy and practice most ‘effective’ in the 1980s or 1990s?
    The principles of diversion, decriminalisation and decarceration guided youth justice  policy and practice in the 1980s.  In the early 1990s policy and practice shifted towards the principles of prevention and early intervention, embracing the ‘risk factor prevention paradigm’. Which approach would you say is better? Do we ‘leave kids alone’ and let them ‘grow out [...]
  • Head of Youth Justice Board visits youth project
    Frances Done of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales to visit Runcorn fire station May 19 2011 Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News THE boss of the country’s Youth Justice Board is to visit Runcorn fire station this week to see the project work being carried out by young people. Firefighters will welcome Frances Done, [...]
  • Young offenders “repairing the harm”
    Residents invited to report vandalised grot spots in Halton 1:40pm Saturday 12th November 2011 YOUNG offenders are ‘paying’ for their crime by cleaning up graffiti. Every week, they blast high pressure sprays on walls, subways and pavements daubed with offensive and racist signs and messages. Halton Council is now asking local residents to report any [...]
  • Youth Justice Board publication by Sean Creaney
    Young people take on community challenge BY SEAN CREANEY, SUPPORT OFFICER, HALTON AND WARRINGTON YOUTH OFFENDING TEAM, AND PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE COMMUNITY SPACE CHALLENGE           Source: http://www.yjb.gov.uk/publications/Resources/Downloads/YJ%20-%20Issue%20019%20-%20November%202009.pdf
  • “Girls in the Youth Justice System” by Sean Creaney
    Conference title: Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Practice: Diversity, Diversion, Desistance and Dignity conference I will be presenting a conference paper on Girls in the Youth Justice System to policy makers, youth justice practitioners and experts in the field at the University of Cambridge on 10 – 12 January 2012. Please see details below for [...]

 

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Extract from a paper I am presenting next month at the University of Cambridge

Moreover youth justice professionals provide minimal consideration towards gender-specific matters, and what’s more, tend to statistically ‘over predict’ the offending behaviour of girls, resulting in the deployment of more ‘intrusive’ measures (Bateman, 2008; Nacro, 2008; Sharpe, 2011). With regard to early-preventative measures, girls have continually been referred to the YISP for expressing welfare difficulties as opposed to displaying crime related problems (Sharpe, 2009). This suggests that girls’ should be dealt with via mainstream provision rather than dealt with in the formal youth justice setting. In addition, there have been ‘heightened’ concerns regarding girls’ offending behaviour, as they appear to be ‘out-of-control’, and drastically committing more criminal offences (and more violent offences in particular), than boys (Sharpe, 2011; Youth Justice Board, 2004, 2009). However, girls’ increased levels of offending may be a result of ‘tougher’ criminal responses, and a less tolerant society:

The rise in girls’ violence … is more a social construction than an empirical reality. It is not so much that girls have become any more   violent; it is that the avenues to prevent or punish violence have grown so enormously.

(Steffensmeier, et al., 2005:397)

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Offending Girls: Young Women and Youth Justice

Offending Girls: Young Women and Youth Justice is an academic text written by Gilly Sharpe

It has only recently been published and provides up-to-date information on girls in the Youth Justice System.

Personally, I think it is a very engaging text, and I would recommend to anyone researching girls in the Youth Justice System for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

 

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Annual Youth Justice Convention 2011

Did everyone enjoy the Annual Youth Justice Convention 2011 ? what was discussed ? did you agree with what was being said?

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National Association for Youth Justice

Become a member of the National Association for Youth Justice and stay up to date with the latest youth justice developments. As part of the membership you will receive a copy of Youth Justice: an international journal  

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Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Stay up to date with the latest developments in Youth Justice. Please sign up to updates from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

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Was youth justice policy and practice most ‘effective’ in the 1980s or 1990s?

The principles of diversion, decriminalisation and decarceration guided youth justice  policy and practice in the 1980s.  In the early 1990s policy and practice shifted towards the principles of prevention and early intervention, embracing the ‘risk factor prevention paradigm’. Which approach would you say is better? Do we ‘leave kids alone’ and let them ‘grow out of it’ or should we intervene early in the lives of young people? Is a labelling perspective still valid today? Can we do more harm than good?

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Head of Youth Justice Board visits youth project

Frances Done of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales to visit Runcorn fire station

May 19 2011 Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News

THE boss of the country’s Youth Justice Board is to visit Runcorn fire station this week to see the project work being carried out by young people.

Firefighters will welcome Frances Done, chairwoman of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales, tomorrow, Friday. Frances will meet to congratulate young people from Halton who have given up their free time to transform the community.

She will be the third recent high-profile visitor to the site, following MPs Derek Twigg and Graham Evans.

The project is part of Community Space Challenge, a lottery funded voluntary scheme which targets young people who are at risk of causing anti-social behaviour and offending.

The project is expected to last about five years.

Activities include transforming run down areas.

Mrs Done said: “I am greatly looking forward to visiting this worthwhile project and meeting the young people taking part.

“The YJB strongly believes that projects such as these can prove vital in changing the paths of young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Recent sessions have included growing fruit and vegetables, workshops to reduce inter-generational mistrust and a graffiti removal project targeting vandalism black spots.

Sean Creaney, Halton Council’s project manager, said: “It is so refreshing to see young people taking positive steps to transform their own communities for the better.

“It is clear that this project has achieved its aim of preventing youth offending.

“In working on the initiative the teenagers are sowing the seeds for a more constructive life, making a positive impact on their community. Several have come back saying their lives have been turned around by the project.”

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Young offenders “repairing the harm”

Residents invited to report vandalised grot spots in Halton

1:40pm Saturday 12th November 2011

YOUNG offenders are ‘paying’ for their crime by cleaning up graffiti.

Every week, they blast high pressure sprays on walls, subways and pavements daubed with offensive and racist signs and messages.

Halton Council is now asking local residents to report any grot spots vandalised with graffiti so they can be transformed.

Sean Creaney, a youth offending officer from Halton Youth Offending Team, said: “The graffiti removal project has been incredibly successful as it is clear that young offenders are taking responsibility for their actions, repairing the harm and making the community a better place to live.

“Victims of crime have reported feeling highly satisfied after opting for young offenders to remove graffiti.”

The idea originally came from a councillor after the budget for commercial graffiti removal was cut.

Young people who are at risk of engaging in criminal activity also remove graffiti as part of the Community Space Challenge programme.

Mr Creaney said the scheme is a great way to build rapport, prevent crime and shows victims that vandals are making amends for their anti-social behaviour.

Sean and his colleague, Steve Cheetham, spoke to councillors, officers and local residents about the Restorative Justice project and showed them a DVD of the work.

Residents can report graffiti to their local councillor or local area forum.

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Youth Justice Board publication by Sean Creaney

Young people take on
community challenge

BY SEAN CREANEY, SUPPORT OFFICER,

HALTON AND WARRINGTON YOUTH OFFENDING TEAM,
AND PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE COMMUNITY SPACE CHALLENGE

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.yjb.gov.uk/publications/Resources/Downloads/YJ%20-%20Issue%20019%20-%20November%202009.pdf

 

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