The Pedagogy of Youth Justice

13 – 19 June 2010   print this page

Course directors:

Richard Hester, The Open University, UK, United Kingdom
Đuka Stakić, Penn State University, Brandywine, United States
Joe Yates, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Course description:

Call for papers

Organising Directors:

Dr Richard Hester, The Open University, Walton Hall, MK, UK +44(0)1908 655218 email: r.hester@open.ac.uk

Dr. Joe Yates, Liverpool John Moores University, Clarence St. Liverpool, England University Phone: +44(0)116 207 8050 E-mail: J.Yates1@ljmu.ac.uk

This year’s symposium will examine the teaching and learning of youth justice practice (social work with young offenders). There are various of perspectives to this debate including the detailed examination of the ‘knowledge base’, how people learn, the very nature of ‘expertise’, youth justice as a ‘profession’ itself, and discussions on knowledge, power and globalization. As the professional status of social work with young offenders remains in its infancy in many countries, there is an opportunity to compare different approaches to these challenging issues.

There are a number of possible questions/issues posed by the symposium:

1. What should youth justice practitioners know, and therefore what should be key elements of any ‘youth justice curriculum’ for the training of practitioners?

2. What is, or should be, the nature of youth justice ‘expertise’ and how is this influenced by social work values, children’s rights and issues of law enforcement?

3. How do the experiences of gaining competence/ knowledge compare across disciplines such as psychology, criminology, social pedagogy, social work, and jurisdictions (nation states)?

4. To what extent are formal academic and professional qualifications necessary?

5. How much expertise should be developed in the work place?

6. What methods should be employed to teach the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for effective practice?

7. What impact has globalization had on the teaching of youth justice practice – what has been the impact of ‘risk factor’ analysis?

8. To what extent does youth justice exist as an holistic professional ‘discipline’ or should it be essentially a ‘multidisciplinary’ or integrated service?

If you are interested in presenting a paper under one of these headings, or would like to suggest another heading under the broad topic of ‘teaching and learning youth justice’ , please send in an abstract of no more than 500 words to:


If you would like to attend the symposium but would not necessarily want to present a paper you would be very welcome. For more details of the week’s symposium including full booking instruction please email r.hester@open.ac.uk

Richard Hester & Joe Yates

Work Schedule:

Course Social Work with Juvenile Offenders, June 13 – 19, 2010

Primary contact: Dr. Joe Yates JYates1@ljmu.ac.uk

Back-up contact Prof.Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic’ dadam@paulbunyan.net