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Nurturing Pillars of SocietyUnderstanding and Working with the Young Generation in Hong Kong$
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Francis Wing-lin Lee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028801

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028801.001.0001

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Juvenile Justice Issues (3): Social Work with Young Offenders—Care or Control?

Juvenile Justice Issues (3): Social Work with Young Offenders—Care or Control?

(p.156) (p.157) 15 Juvenile Justice Issues (3): Social Work with Young Offenders—Care or Control?
Nurturing Pillars of Society

Francis Wing-lin Lee

Hong Kong University Press

Officers who are trained for social work, or those who claim to adopt the social work approach, are those who carry out the treatments received by young offenders. Non-custodial CBTs are more concerned with employing care. In contrast, custodial treatments that lock up young offenders are focused more on the security and safety of the staff and other inmates. The notion of care in social work refers to providing “support” or anything that may be able to assist the offender in dealing with his personal or social problems. Control, on the other hand, refers to activities such as the different forms of disciplinary measures that are directed towards regulating the behavior of the offender. In this chapter, focus is given to the issue of whether these two different approaches can coexist.

Keywords:   care, control, custodial treatments, non-custodial treatments, regulation of behavior, personal problems, social problems

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