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Janus-faced Youth Justice Work and the Transformation of Accountability

Armitage, V, Kelly, LC and Phoenix, J (2016) Janus-faced Youth Justice Work and the Transformation of Accountability. Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 55 (4). pp. 478-495. ISSN 2059-1101

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This article revisits claims about the relationship between ‘standardisation’, ‘discretion’ and ‘accountability’ in youth justice made in the wake of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. We argue that less centralisation and less standardisation have transformed accountability, but this is experienced differently according to the place held in the organisational hierarchy. This recognition demands a more nuanced understanding of ‘practitioner discretion’, which can account for differences between managerial and frontline experiences of what we describe as ‘janus-faced youth justice work’, and a broad definition of the youth justice field and associated actors.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: ARMITAGE, V., KELLY, L. and PHOENIX, J. (2016), Janus-Faced Youth Justice Work and the Transformation of Accountability. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 55: 478–495. doi:10.1111/hojo.12181, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12181 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: accountability, discretion, managerialism, youth justice
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 11:37
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 09:20
DOI or ID number: 10.1111/hojo.12181
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4241
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