Special Issue on "Youth, justice and crime: Current challenges for education" - Call for Papers


Special Issue

Youth, Justice and Crime: current challenges for education

Christopher Holligan & Robert McLean (University of the West of Scotland) - Editors

Abstracts deadline: 30/05/2021 – maximum of 200 words and up to 6 keywords.

Accepted papers (4000 to 6000 words) must be submitted by 30/07/2021.

The youth justice system’s policies are designed to ensure good outcomes for children and young people. To achieve that outcome co-operation is required by a complex mixture of authorities including the police, probation services, education, health boards and mental health services. Our knowledge, despite quality assurance processes, of whether these partrnersihps support the wellbeiing of children and young people is unclear. Those involved in serious and repeated offending deemed at high risk to themselves can face anti-social behaviour orders, secure accommodation or imprisonment. Substance misuse and employability are known to impact their lives and communities. Our knowledge of the quality of their education and training whether within schools or secure or prisons requires critical attention. Are there forms of educational support, outside or within schools or colleges, that are effective? What are the factors that matter to good outcomes? In terms of custodial environments what are their educational practices and are they deemed to be effective, and by whom? What models of education are present in these notoriously secret environments? In terms of the educators what qualifications do they bring to their role and how do they construct that role? In the mainstream settings of statutory state schooling what are the types of marginalisation and exclusion at play that positively or negatively impact trajectories of young lives? Besides these general questions do the variables of ethnicity and gender also shape the cultural geographies known to associate with this landscape? What can and should education systems be doing to better accommodate those entrapped by disadvantage? Does youth criminal justice intensify existing adversity or ameliorate it? Are schools failing these groups?