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This chapter opened with an indication of the pace of change within youth justice in England and Wales and the prospect that the current review of youth justice will lead to further reform. Previous shifts in legislation, policy, and practice have addressed some concerns, left others untouched and given rise to new, and unanticipated problems. The extent to which any reforms emanating from the ongoing government review of youth justice will fare better remains to be seen.


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Tim Bateman is Reader in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire, currently seconded for a period of 2 years as Principal Policy Adviser (Youth Justice) to the Children’s Commissioner for England. Prior to moving into academia, Tim had an extensive background as a social worker with children in conflict with the law and in juvenile justice policy. He has written widely on issues pertaining to youth crime and juvenile justice. Tim is co-editor of Community Safety journal, contributes the news section to Youth Justice journal and is Deputy Chair of the National Association for Youth Justice.

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