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Understanding youth offending: Risk factor research, policy and practice

Professor Stephen Case and Professor Kevin Haines

Routledge 2009

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This book aims to provide an understanding of youth offending and policy and practice responses, particularly the risk-focused approaches that have underpinned much recent academic research, youth justice policy and interventions designed to reduce and prevent problem behaviour. There has been growing concern, however, on the part of critical criminologists and others, about the theoretical, epistemological, methodological and ethical bases of risk-focused research with young people. They have pointed particularly to the overly-deterministic and prescriptive nature of the risk factor paradigm.


This book aims to meet the need for an exploration of youth justice and youth offending which takes account of the origins and contemporary manifestations of risk-focused work with young people. It analyses the influence of concepts of risk upon policy development in both England and Wales as well as internationally, highlighting tensions between the proponents of risk factor research and methodological and ethical criticisms of the risk factor paradigm. It will be essential reading for anybody wishing to understand risk factor explanation of crime, contemporary youth justice policy and responses to offending behaviour.



'This text is important reading for researchers and practitioners in the areas of youth offending, risk factorisation and in more general terms of theoretical and methodological perspectives.'

-Bethany Alden, Open University in Youth & Policy, no 107

Positive youth justice: Children first, offenders second

Professor Kevin Haines and Professor Stephen Case

Policy Press 2015

This topical, accessibly written book moves beyond established critiques to outline a model of positive youth justice: Children First, Offenders Second. Already in use in Wales, the proposed model promotes child-friendly, diversionary, inclusive, engaging, promotional practice and legitimate partnership between children and adults, which can serve as a blueprint for other local authorities and countries. Setting out a progressive, positive and principled model of youth justice, the book will appeal to academics, students, practitioners and policy makers seeking to improve working practices and outcomes and will make an important contribution to the debate on youth justice policy.



This book is comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date covering all aspects of youth justice. It is a ‘must buy’ and required reading for established academics, students and youth justice professionals.

Sean Creaney, Edge Hill University and Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice


By building on and extending their long-term local research project in Swansea, Haines and Case make a welcome contribution to rethinking youth justice law, policy and practice.

Professor Barry Goldson, The University of Liverpool


This thought-provoking and timely book will speak to the interests of many ... a welcome addition to the youth justice literature.

Dr Laura Kelly, Liverpool John Moores University

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Stephen Case, Phil Johnson, Dave Manlow, Roger Smith and Kate Williams

Oxford University Press (March 30th, 2017)

Criminology aims to provide an introduction to criminology, accompanying students from day one of their university studies through to graduation and beyond.  Across 30 chapters the book covers all the core and popular optional modules on a three-year criminology degree course, as well as offering research skills, employability guidance, and careers advice.


Criminology is the result of a partnership between a group of highly experienced academic teachers, researchers and writers, all of whom share a common focus. That focus is students. The book places emphasis on the student as a ‘knowledge producer’ and takes an ABC approach: Always Be Critical. The ethos of this text is to challenge students to be active learners: to think, to critique, and to generate knowledge of their own. As well as being a comprehensive and accessible introduction for students of the subject, this textbook will also provide links to research, policy and practice along with helpful guidance on attaining employment at the end of their degree.

Youth Justice: A Critical Introduction

Professor Stephen Case

Routledge 2018

This book provides a comprehensive, student-friendly and critical introduction to youth justice, offering a balanced evaluation of its development, rationales, nature and evidence-base. It explores the evolution of definitions and explanations of youth offending and examines the responses to it that constitute youth justice.


Bringing together theory and practice, this book provides a balanced exposition of contemporary youth justice debates, including detailed discussions of governmental rationales and practical issues and an extensive evaluation of critical academic positions.




"Case has developed a genuinely authoritative and comprehensive text on youth justice. He accomplishes the challenging feat of bringing together history, theory, policy and practice in a highly engaging and readable format. Well-structured throughout, this book marks an important text for students of youth justice, and one which I predict will be very popular."

- Dr Daniel McCarthy, Reader in Criminology, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey


"Stephen Case has brought the genre of youth justice completely up to date with this comprehensive, accessible, stimulating and intelligent textbook. Its unique narrative and presentation ensures that the reader views the discipline from a decisively critical perspective, rendering it an invaluable tool for academics and students alike in the dissemination of the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The textbook will doubtless be of additional interest to the related disciplines of criminology, sociology, social work and social policy; assisting to revise and refresh curricula content relating to ‘youth’."

- Dr Vicky Palmer, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Youth Justice and BA (Hons) Youth Studies, Nottingham Trent University

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