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

Hazel, N; Bateman, T

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T Bateman



Abstract

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.

Citation

Hazel, N., & Bateman, T. (2021). Supporting children's resettlement ('reentry') after custody : beyond the risk paradigm. Youth Justice, 21(1), 71-89. https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225420923761

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 12, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 7, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Deposit Date Apr 18, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 18, 2020
Journal Youth Justice Journal
Print ISSN 1473-2254
Electronic ISSN 1747-6283
Publisher SAGE Publications
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 71-89
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225420923761
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225420923761
Related Public URLs https://journals-sagepub-com.salford.idm.oclc.org/home/yjj
Additional Information Projects : Beyond Youth Custody

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