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This paper is a brief report of research in progress in three Midlands counties. While it is too soon to present definitive findings, the research is raising some interesting questions about the changing nature of inter-agency partnerships in criminal justice and related agencies, as illustrated by the process of establishing 'shadow' Youth Offending Teams, and these are summarised for discussion. Youth Offending Teams in other parts of the country may be able to learn from the findings, and the rapid changes in inter-agency partnerships in youth justice are of much wider interest.

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