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Dynamic Diversion? Examining the Multiple Impacts of ‘Welsh Town’ Bureaux / Aaron Brown

DOI (Published version): 10.23889/Suthesis.53253

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Wales’ devolutionary settlement at the turn of the century and subsequent policy focus on the promotion of children and young people’s rights and entitlements has created fertile ground for the emergence of an innovative pre-court diversion scheme – the Bureau Model of Youth Justice. In the decade f...

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Published: Swansea 2019
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa53253
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Abstract: Wales’ devolutionary settlement at the turn of the century and subsequent policy focus on the promotion of children and young people’s rights and entitlements has created fertile ground for the emergence of an innovative pre-court diversion scheme – the Bureau Model of Youth Justice. In the decade following the materialisation of the architype Bureau Model in 2009, formulations of Welsh Bureaux have begun to function throughout the country. Nonetheless, to date, the existing published academic literature into the workings of Welsh Bureaux has predominately focused its attention on the original Bureau Model of Youth Justice. Findings from these empirical studies have painted a positive picture of the original Bureau Model and have suggested that it holds much promise as a practical framework for keeping children and young people away from the formal youth justice system, whilst also offering them ‘appropriate’ levels of support if required. However, although clearly insightful, empirical research into the functioning of the original Bureau Model is now arguably outdated and encompasses a series of limitations. For example, it is focused narrowly on a single geographical setting, over a narrow timescale (that does not account for significant changes in legislation) and does not encompass the views of children and young people and parents and carers. This thesis seeks to rectify these ‘gaps in knowledge’ concerning Welsh Bureaux through utilising mixed-methods empirical research in three locations where versions of Welsh Bureaux currently operate. In doing so, the intention is to amalgamate quantitative understandings with qualitative perspectives from individuals intimately engaged with the model’s workings. The ambition is to provide a more comprehensive and contemporary understanding of how Welsh Bureaux function and perform.
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Keywords: youth justice, diversion, children’s rights, devolution