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Monday 23 April 2018

Youth Offending Teams: Preventing Crime and Social Exclusion

Paul Wilkinson


Social exclusion was introduced to UK politics in 1997 when New Labour came to office. However, contentious debates remain about what social exclusion is and how it is best interpreted. Young people were the most targeted group, with social exclusion policy reflecting the need to keep socially deprived young people in education and to desist from crime. The Youth Offending Teams are regarded as the central agency, within a joined-up framework, to prevent young offending and reduce social exclusion through interventionist strategies. Interventions provided by the Youth Offending Teams were designed to educate young people against the social risk factors of: education, family, personal and health. However, the effectiveness of these interventionist strategies have received mixed reviews and has not been assessed in terms of social exclusion. This project provides literature based evidence to support the conclusion that the Youth Offending Teams have been ineffective at reducing social exclusion amongst the vulnerable young population.


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