Radical/Critical Social Work with Young Offenders: Challenges and Possibilities

  • Steve Rogowski
  • Journal of Social Work Practice, August 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2013.828280

Critical/radical social work with young offfenders.

What is it about?

Work with young offenders has changed from a concern with welfare to punishment and control. The role of social work has been sidelined with the extablishment of youth offending teams, and practitioners are under the cosh of managers' focus on bureacracy/targets rather than the needs of young offenders. Nevertheless possibilities for critical practice remain based on building relationships with young offenders, responding to their needs and working towards a more just and equal world.

Why is it important?

As a social worker embedded in practice across five decades with a long-standing interest in young offending (including a PhD), this enables insights and understanding that might not be readily available to academics.

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