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Contextualising youth justice interventions: Making the case for realist synthesis

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posted on 13.01.2022, 13:53 by Charlie SuttonCharlie Sutton, Mark Monaghan, Stephen CaseStephen Case, Joanne Greenhalgh, Judy Wright
This article examines the problematic reductionism and decontextualising nature of hegemonic youth justice intervention evaluation and offers a way ahead for a realistic, context-sensitive approach to intervention evaluation in the youth justice field. It opens by considering how the development of risk-based youth justice interventions in England and Wales flowed from and fed into the modernisation and resultant partiality of the ‘evidence-base’, which shaped youth justice practice. It then moves to a critical review of the emergence and continued influence of risk-based interventions and the ‘What Works’ intervention evaluation framework in youth justice. In the closing discussion, this article envisages the potential of taking a realist approach to the evaluation of youth justice interventions to mitigate the limitations of current approaches to intervention selection and the evaluation of their ‘effectiveness’.

Funding

The Nuffield Foundation, grant number JUS43855

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Published in

Sustainability

Volume

14

Issue

2

Publisher

MDPI AG

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© the Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MDPI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/01/2022

Publication date

2022-01-12

Copyright date

2022

eISSN

2071-1050

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Charlie Sutton. Deposit date: 13 January 2022

Article number

854