Evaluation of the Hamilton Youth Court Pilot 2003-2005

DescriptionAn evaluation of the Hamilton Sheriff Youth Court 2003-2005.
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Website Publication DateJune 15, 2005

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Frank Popham, Gill McIvor, Alison Brown, Susan Eley, Margaret Malloch, Cathy Murray, Laura Piacentini, Reece Walters
Department of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling
Lorraine Murray TNS Social
ISBN 0 7559 2566 1

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CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
INTRODUCTION
THE HAMILTON SHERIFF YOUTH COURT
OBJECTIVES OF THE YOUTH COURT
EVALUATION
ORGANISATION OF THE REPORT
CHAPTER TWO: METHODOLOGY
INTRODUCTION
PROCESS EVALUATION
OUTCOME/IMPACT EVALUATION
CHAPTER THREE: THE YOUTH COURT PROCESS
INTRODUCTION
IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL YOUTH COURT CASES
CHARACTERISTICS OF CASES REFERRED TO THE YOUTH COURT BY THE PROCURATOR FISCAL
APPEARING IN THE YOUTH COURT
YOUTH COURT TIMEFRAMES
SOCIAL WORK SERVICES FOR THOSE MADE SUBJECT TO ORDERS IN THE YOUTH COURT
THE REVIEW OF ORDERS MADE IN THE YOUTH COURT
YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEWS OF THE YOUTH COURT
PROFESSIONALS' VIEWS OF THE YOUTH COURT
SUMMARY
CHAPTER FOUR: THE OUTCOMES OF THE YOUTH COURT
INTRODUCTION
CHANGES IN SENTENCING PATTERNS
CHANGES IN RECORDED CRIME
RECONVICTION AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE SENTENCED IN THE YOUTH COURT
COMMUNITY ATTITUDES TOWARDS YOUTH CRIME AND THE YOUTH COURT
PERSPECTIVES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE YOUTH COURT
SUMMARY
CHAPTER FIVE: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
INTRODUCTION
ACHIEVING YOUTH COURT OBJECTIVES
ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF THE YOUTH COURT MODEL
REFERENCES
APPENDIX 1 Information provided by Procurators Fiscal
APPENDIX 2 FINAL REPORT ON THE BASELINE AND FOLLOW-UP SURVEYS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The research team is very appreciative of the assistance provided by all of those involved in the Hamilton Sheriff Youth Court pilot. Particular thanks go to the Co-ordinators and Deputy Co-ordinator and other professionals who provided a range of data for the evaluation and to the professionals and young people who were interviewed. We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Research Advisory Group and Susan Wiltshire, Louise Brown and Euan Dick from the Scottish Executive Criminal Justice Research.

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

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