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Re-inventing Diversion

Smith, Roger

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This article reviews recent developments in the area of ‘out of court’ disposals in youth justice in England and Wales, highlighting the emergence of recent trends towards decreased use of formal procedures to deal with the reported offences of young people. The idea considers possible explanations for these developments and assesses the contribution of a number of recent practice initiatives with a diversionary orientation. The article reflects on the varying rationales underpinning these developments, and wider influences in the form of economically driven pragmatism, before concluding that in order to sustain recent achievements, diversion must demonstrably strengthen its claims to legitimacy.


Smith, R. (2014). Re-inventing Diversion. Youth Justice, 14(2), 109-121.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jul 17, 2014
Publication Date Aug 1, 2014
Deposit Date Oct 14, 2014
Publicly Available Date Apr 13, 2015
Journal Youth Justice
Print ISSN 1473-2254
Electronic ISSN 1747-6283
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 109-121
Keywords Cautioning, Diversion, Minimum intervention, Restorative justice, Welfare.


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Copyright Statement
Smith, Roger (2014) 'Re-inventing diversion.', Youth justice., 14 (2). pp. 109-121. Copyright © The Author(s) 2014. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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