1: Setting the scene: risk, welfare and rights

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This chapter outlines key features of the youth justice system in England and Wales, including the current focus on risk assessment and targeted interventions. It sets out some of the multiple responsibilities that Youth Offending Teams have towards young people and the various partnerships that they are expected to engage with. In setting the scene, the chapter provides a basic overview of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements. The chapter concludes by highlighting critical questions raised by the intersection of risk, rights and welfare in youth justice.

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