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“Young and Persistent: Recent Developments in Youth Justice Policy and Practice in Scotland”

Whyte, Bill
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Youth Justice. 3(2): 74-85

This paper draws on a Scottish study of young people persistent in their offending to
examine recent policy developments aimed at improving the effectiveness of response to
youth crime. Developments include: the establishment of national objectives and
standards for youth justice; provision of specialist social work and multi-disciplinary youth
justice teams; piloting specially resourced fast track hearings; and re-establishing a youth
court in Scotland for the first time since 1971. Developments which include proposals to
introduce electronic monitoring and community service for those under 16 may be the
beginning of a shift away from the traditional and long standing adherence to welfare
principles in dealing with young offenders in Scotland.


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