"Family Life and Youth Offending" examines the relationship between the causes of youth offending and the legal duty of the state to address those causes. In his globally relevant new study Arthur provides the evidence that improving the family environment could be the most effective and enduring strategy for combating juvenile delinquency and associated behavioral, social and emotional problems. In so doing the author argues that youth crime prevention policy should therefore focus on the family context in which offenders find themselves and resources should be diverted from more traditional criminal justice measures and practices.
The book addresses several topical issues:
>how current child welfare legislation, in particular the Children Act 1989, could be employed to prevent children who are at risk of engaging in antisocial and delinquent behavior from offending
> why greater use is not made of the present legislative framework in preventing youth crime
> how existing legal powerscould be used in order to discourage and divert young people from engaging in offending behavior
> how international efforts to prevent youth offending have developed in recent years, focussing on countries such as the USA, Canada, Japan, Scotland, France and Scandinavian countries.
Arthur abandons the traditional 'welfare vs. justice' dichotomy and instead outlines a new approach which focuses on the rights and needs of young people in troubled circumstances and their families. This approach recognizes the right of young people in trouble to the development and delivery of preventive services.
This timely new book will be essential reading for students and researchers inCriminology, Law, Social Policy and Youth Studies, as well as professionals and policy makers working in the area of youth delinquency.
This will be the first book in the new "Routledge Advances in Criminology "series.