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Connecting with Young People in Trouble

Risk, Relationships and Lived Experience

by Andi Brierley, Foreword by Lisa Cherry


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This powerful critique of youth justice based on lived experience, theory and practice looks at the topic through a refreshing new lens, suggesting that some existing ways of dealing with children and young people may do more harm than good. After making readers aware of Risk Relation Paradox, the author shows that positive outcomes cannot be imposed or directed but that they can stem from ‘presence, attunement, connection and trust’ (PACT). Then priority should be given to buffering the impact of familiar but questionable relationships in a youngster’s own ‘village’ that may have led to toxic stress, complex trauma, criminal or anti-authority attitudes and other adverse childhood experiences. In arguing for change, Andi Brierley brings his extensive experience on both sides of the justice fence as prisoner and professional to bear — and whilst he champions the engagement skills of others who have travelled a similar journey, he also explains how the approach can be used by anyone.


‘This important and engaging text will be of great value to those working within the youth justice sector and educators alike… Andi Brierley crafts a new framework that facilitates pathways to positive outcomes. And offers a rich and insightful account of the key components of effective relationship-based practice.’– Dr Sean Creaney, Edge Hill University, UK.

‘This book sits at the intersection between personal lived experience and professional practice and… makes it a hugely valuable contribution to the discourse… Brierley not only contextually articulates his experiences but seeks to provide a new framework through which youth justice can effect change.’– Lisa Cherry (From the Foreword).


Andrew Brierley is a Youth Justice Specialist with 15 years of experience working with the most prolific, serious, vulnerable and complex youngsters involved in offending behaviour. He is the author of Your Honour Can I Tell You My Story (Waterside Press, 2019) which made a difference for other incarcerated young people and professionals working with young people in trouble concerning the relational issues many such children experience — and how they bounce back.

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Weight263 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 13 mm

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Lisa Cherry


Waterside Press




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