The Economic and Social Research Council funded postdoctoral research undertaken by Dr Jasmina Arnez focuses on the experiences of professionals with risk assessment within youth justice practice
In the last decades, socio-political changes across the realms of social life have resulted in a shift from controlling existing dangers to the pursuit to predict and prevent potential risks. In criminology, developmental understandings of youth crime that identified key individual, familial, and social risk factors for delinquency have become prominent as a consequence. Informed by developmental criminology, the ‘risk factor prevention paradigm’ (RFPP) has become influential within UK’s youth justice practice. Nowadays, the RFPP remains significant and is most evidently incorporated in standardised risk assessment and planning frameworks that often guide interventions for young people in trouble with the law.