The revolving door of crime for young offenders: a critical examination of the achievements of multi-agency youth offending teams

Lightowler, Jessica (2015) The revolving door of crime for young offenders: a critical examination of the achievements of multi-agency youth offending teams. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation critically examines the achievements of multi-agency Youth Offending Teams (YOTs). As a statutory organisation introduced in the Crime and Disorder Act (CDA) 1998, the primary aim of YOTs is to employ a partnership approach with social agencies in order to reduce and prevent reoffending by children and young people under the age of eighteen involved in the criminal justice system.
    This study first explores the history and development of YOTs in relation to historical, political and legislative accounts in the lead-up to their introduction and implementation in 1998. In particular, this study then critically examines the achievements of YOTs in the key areas of youth justice in which they are directly involved. The key elements which are critically examined include: reoffending, accommodation, education and substance misuse. Lastly, this study critically evaluates the problems that can arise from employing a partnership, multi-agency approach to youth justice. Accordingly, the concluding chapter to this dissertation summarises the study which has taken place and explores both its limitations and implications for future practice.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 12:40
    Last Modified: 04 Dec 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/19054

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