Youth Justice

If you work with young offenders, you should get this book

Call me nerdy if you like, but I get excited when I come across a single book that gathers together all the evidence in an area that is of interest to me.

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Evidence Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International research on supporting rehabilitation and desistance is one such book. It brings together the evidence on how individual practice might improve outcomes for clients both the adult and juvenile correction systems. Areas of individual practice include

  • The most effective way to in interview probationers
  • The most effective model of staff supervision for youth justice staff

If you supervise juvenile justice workers either in detention centres or community settings this book will be of interest to you. The chapters by Australian academic, Chris Trotter, will be of interest to all Practitioners (especially the one on staff supervision). Practitioners working in youth detention centres might find the chapter Evidence-Based Skills in Welsh Youth Justice Settings of interest.

I have listed some of the chapters that might be of particular  interest to Practitioners

  • Introduction: Effective practice skills: new directions  in research by Pamela Ugwudike, Peter Raynor and Jill Annison
  • The effective practice of staff development in England and Wales: learning from history and contemporary research by Maurice Vanstone
  • The search for impact in British probation: from programmes to skills and implementation by Peter Raynor
  • Is constructive practice still possible in a competitive environment? Findings from a case study of a community rehabilitation company in England and Wales by Lol Burke, Matthew Millings and Gwen Robinson
  • Implementation uptake: organisational factors affecting evidence-based reform in community corrections in the United States by Danielle S. Rudes, Kimberly R. Kras, Kimberly S. Meyer and Shannon Magnuson
  • Professional practices and skills in first interviews: a comparative perspective on probation practice in Spain and Belgium by Ester Blay and Johan Boxstaens
  • Promoting quality in probation supervision and policy transfer: evaluating the SEED programme in Romania and England by Angela Sorsby, Joanna Shapland and Ioan Durnescu
  • Supervision face-to-face contacts: the emergence of an intervention by Heather Toronjo and Faye S. Taxman
  • Understanding emotions as effective practice in English probation: the performance of emotional labour in building relationships by Andrew Fowler, Jake Phillips and Chalen Westaby
  • Staff supervision in youth justice and its relationship to skill development: findings from Australia by Charlene Pereira and Chris Trotter
  • Evidence-based skills in Welsh youth justice settings by Pamela Ugwudike and Gemma Morgan
  • The impact of training and coaching on the development of practice skills in youth justice: findings from Australia by Chris Trotter
  • Collaborative family work in youth justice by Chris Trotter


About graemembaird

I am a psychologist with a special interest in improving the outcomes of families, children and young people in the Out of Home Care and Juvenile Justice systems.
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