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Tackling youth anti-social behaviour in devolving Wales: A study of the tiered approach in Swansea.

Hoffman, Simon
June 4, 2015

Source: (2011) Youth Justice. 11(2):150-167.

The focus of this article is Swansea’s tiered approach to tackling youth anti-social behaviour. It discusses
the findings of a series of interviews with individuals working in the city around the following four themes:
de-escalation and diversion; consistency and avoiding net-widening; inclusionary welfarism and multi-agency
partnership; and voluntarism, engagement and compliance. Recognizing that youth justice policies can vary
both between and within jurisdictions, the article argues that the interviewees’ accounts contrast sharply with
New Labour’s New Youth Justice, embody key features of the Welsh Assembly Government’s children’s policy,
and might inform the new approach to tackling anti-social behaviour promised by the Coalition Government. (author’s abstract)


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