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SJF Briefing: Grappling with the complexity of Early and Effective Intervention (EEI)

Published: 2021

Summary

Scottish Justice Fellowship Briefing

Grappling with the complexity of Early and Effective Intervention (EEI): Benevolent Intentions, Negative Consequences in Youth Justice implications for Scotland by Dr Fern Gillon, University of Strathclyde.

This paper aims to illustrate a number of concerns regarding early intervention within the sphere of youth justice. While we must endeavour to support children and young people involved in low level offending before concerns escalate, this paper will highlight the importance of apportioning intervention cautiously due to the complexities which can arise when intervening early. In particular, the potential to increase the number of young people coming into contact with the youth justice system, which may have negative consequences. The complexity of this reality is something we cannot avoid. Rather we need to work with it in order to minimise the potential pitfalls it might generate.