• Claire Paterson-YoungEmail author
  • Richard Hazenberg
  • Meanu Bajwa-Patel


This chapter will present an overview of the book, including an introduction to youth justice, criminological theory and social impact measurement. By positioning criminological theory (e.g. ICAP theory and desistance theory) within a social impact measurement approach, the book develops a new approach to measuring social impact for young people involved in the Criminal Justice System. Furthermore, this chapter will outline the methodological approach used to collect the data explored within this book, with additional appendices added to the end of the book for those more interested in additional details and data related to the methodology. The chapter will also explore the author’s broad arguments on why a focus on impact is critical to supporting young people in the Criminal Justice System and present a breakdown of the book’s structure.


Social impact Criminology Youth custody Desistance Measurement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Paterson-Young
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard Hazenberg
    • 1
  • Meanu Bajwa-Patel
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NorthamptonNorthamptonUK

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