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Case, Stephen; Hazel, Neal


Stephen Case


This edited text explores, analyses and evaluates ‘Child First’—a guiding principle and strategy for understanding children who offend and for shaping youth justice responses to this offending. Child First transcends traditional welfare and justice priorities and more contemporary risk management and hybrid models of youth justice to offer a progressive, child-friendly, non-criminalising r/evolution in youth justice. The Child First principle and its component tenets (seeing children as children, developing pro-social identity for positive outcomes, collaboration with children, diversion) have the potential to significantly develop and enhance understandings of, and responses to, offending by children in conceptual, theoretical, policy and practical terms.


Case, S., & Hazel, N. (2023). Introduction. In Child First: Developing a New Youth Justice System (1-22). Palgrave Macmillan.

Online Publication Date Mar 20, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Aug 11, 2023
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 1-22
Book Title Child First: Developing a New Youth Justice System
Chapter Number 1
ISBN 9783031192715