The embedded development of social work in juvenile justice field

XI Xiaohua1

(1.Department of Social Work, Capital Normal University College of Political Science and Law)

【Abstract】This paper adopts the qualitative research method to study the development process of the embeddedness of social work in the juvenile justice field in B City. We find that the idea embeddedness, service embeddedness and institutional construction are the action logic of the development in juvenile justice work. The idea embeddedness is the basis and prerequisite of service embeddedness and institutional construction. The service embeddedness is the core content of embedded action. The institutional construction is the important guarantee for the stable and sustainable development of embedded action. Regarding the embedded development process of social work in the juvenile justice field, it is not the one-way embeddedness, but the result of mutual construction. Regarding the effective cooperation between social work and juvenile justice departments, it could help the juvenile delinquents return to the society smoothly on the one hand, and promote the scientific and humanistic development of juvenile justice work on the other hand.

【Keywords】 embedded development; service embeddedness; institutional construction;


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    [1]. ① On March 2015, the author went to the UK to conduct research on juvenile justice social work. During this period, he conducted in-depth communications with the staff of the Ministry of Justice, Crown Prosecution Service, court, and the judicial social work institutions, and learned more about the development of juvenile justice social work in the UK. [^Back]

    [2]. ① Specific cooperation projects include: cooperation with specialized schools to provide services for students with bad behaviors; cooperation with public security agencies to provide services for juveniles who have violated the law; cooperation with the procuratorate to provide services for victimized juveniles. [^Back]


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CN: 11-3280/C

Vol , No. 06, Pages 68-78+93

November 2017


Article Outline


  • 1 Related research review
  • 2 Research methods
  • 3 Service embeddedness of social work in the juvenile justice field
  • 4 Institutional construction of social work’s intervention in the juvenile justice field
  • 5 Research conclusions
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