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In this volume, the editors provide an overview of the Scottish Youth Justice Process. The contributors describe the various contexts of youth justice and review the current evidence as to its effectiveness whilst identifying problems and future challenges. Thus the volume provides a systemic and process oriented overview of Youth Justice System answering the questions– How does it work? Who are the key agencies/stakeholders? When are key decisions taken and by whom? In so doing some statistical analysis of crimes committed by young offenders in Scotland is presented to outline who the young offenders are; the crimes they are committing;and where and why these occur. To give an indication of future directions for policy and strategy the editors discuss recent research that has been conducted to evaluate approaches to tacking youth offending in Scotland.
The result is a comprehensive text on Youth, Crime and Criminal Justice in Scotland delivered in a straightforward and succinct manner. As such it is an ideal overview and introduction for those working with children and young people in Scotland, for those training to do so and for researchers outwith Scotland who wish to know how ‘the Scottish system’ deals with issues common to many jurisdictions.
The Editors and contributors are all members of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and are based at the Universities of Glasgow and of Strathclyde.