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List of Figures and Tables Acknowledgements Foreword (Florence Bruce, Oak Foundation)

Part 1: Backgrounds and characteristics. 1.Introduction and context, Ann Hagell, Nuffield Foundation, and Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, NCH - The Bridge Childcare Development Service 2. Difficult to place children - key characteristics, obvious challenges, Susan Bailey, University of Central Lancashire and Royal College of

Psychiatrists. 3. Risk factors for serious and violent antisocial behaviour in children and youth, Friedrich Lösel, Cambridge University and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Doris Bender, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. 4. Children with sexually abusive behaviour - a special subgroup, Eileen Vizard, NSPCC Young Abusers Project and University College, London. 5. Minors involved in murder and manslaughter: An exploration of the situation in the Netherlands, Paul Nieuwbeerta, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, and Peter H. van der Laan, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and University of Amsterdam. Part 2: Outcomes and practical considerations. 6. The placement, care and treatment of children and young people who commit serious acts of interpersonal violence or sexual offences, Ann Hagell, Nuffield Foundation, and Patricia Moran, Royal Holloway, University of London. 7. Implications of different residential treatments for young people who commit serious crimes, Gwyneth Boswell, University of East Anglia. 8. `Hard to place' children and young people: A commentary on past, present and future approaches to care and treatment, Kevin J. Epps, Positive Experiences Limited and University of Birmingham. 9. Challenges to meeting the needs of these children effectively: An overview of an international research study in Germany, Greece, England and Wales, Ann Hagell, Nuffield Foundation. 10. Working with violent children in German youth services: Results of a survey, Doris Bender, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Friedrich Lösel, Cambridge University and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. 11. Children who commit serious acts of interpersonal violence: A field study in Greece, Helen Agathonos, Vivi Tsibourka and Angeliki Skoubourdi, Institute of Child Health. 12. Dealing with the children who are hardest to place: Results of a survey of childcare agencies in England and Wales, Ann Hagell, Nuffield Foundation, and Emily Hill, Policy Research Bureau. 13. Conclusions: Messages for good practice, Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, NCH- The Bridge Childcare Development Service, and Ann Hagell, Nuffield Foundation. Appendices: Brief Commentaries. Appendix 1. The use of structured instruments in the assessment of violence risk, Paul A. Tiffin and Graeme Richardson, Forensic Mental Health Service. Appendix 2. Diagnostic issues in seriously disturbed adolescents, Robert Vermeiren, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, University of Leiden and Yale Child Study Center. 3. Disorganised attachments and psychological trauma in the lives of hard-to-place children, Jean Harris-Hendriks, Camden and Islington Mental Health NHS Trust, London and Royal Free Hospital and University College Hospital Medical Schools. 4. Management of serious interpersonal violence in individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, Paul Devonshire, University of Surrey and St George's Hospital Medical School. 5. Meeting the needs of young people who are dangerous within the English/Welsh context: A social care management perspective, David Derbyshire, NCH - The Bridge Childcare Development Service. 6. Service provision in Bulgaria for children who commit extreme acts of interpersonal violence. Daniela Kolarova, Partners Bulgaria Foundation. 7. The Our Family care model in Russia as an effective prevention scheme for children in care who commit extreme acts of interpersonal violence, Maria Ternovskaya, Maria Kapilina and Tatiana Gubina, Our Family Centre, Moscow. The Contributors. Subject Index. Name Index.

About the Author

Ann Hagell is Programme Director for Adolescent Mental Health at The Nuffield Foundation, a large charitable trust based in London. She is a chartered psychologist specialising in social policy research on high-risk young people, and previously co-founded and co-directed the Policy Research Bureau - a centre for applied research into young people and families. She has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adolescence since 2000. Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent is Executive Director of NCH - The Bridge Child Care Development Service, which provides consultancy, training and forensic services to agencies concerned with safeguarding children. She is a chartered psychologist, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the course advisory group for University College London's educational psychology course.


Due to the broad contexts covered, this book seeks to reach multiple audiences. The text is not only tailored to the general population, such as parents and teachers, but also to clinicians who work with troubled adolescents on a day-0to-day basis... this book successfully brings awareness to an issue that affects adolescents and adults across the world... this text present strong arguments on the importance of the family in developing adolescents... This book makes its mark in the study of adolescence by examining psychological and social influences that serve as the foundation for delinquent and serious violent behaviour.
*Journal of Youth and Adolescence*

Overall, this is a timely and well-presented book. It engages with the very important and topical issue of managing the most challenging and vulnerable children in society
*Fred Gravestock, Director of Care and Learning, New Horizons*

Having just been allocated the case of what might be considered an example of one of the subject children of this book, I found reviewing it particularly interesting and relevant. The editors have gathered together a number of respected academics from various disciplines. The focus is the risk management of, and successful intervention for, children in public care who have, or are at risk of, committing serious interpersonal violence... What particularly appealed was the international comparison, with chapters looking at the Netherlands, Germany and Greece. Hagell points out that despite the cultural differences between countries there remain a lot of similarities, including the characteristics of the children, the various options tried with them, and the best approaches available... This is a welcome book, and one which deserves to be read by everyone working with and around children who commit serious violence.
*Professional Social Work*

The authors utilize multiple examples of research to support their claims and provide the reader with a clear interpretation of their main contentions. This book makes its mark in the study of adolescence by examining psychological and social influences that serve as the foundation for delinquent and serious violent behaviour.
*Journal of Youth & Adolescence*

[T]his is a timely and well presented book. It engages with the very important and topical issue of managing the most challenging and vulnerable children in society.
*Journal of Children's Services*

The publication deals with different groups of children in different ways, exploring children who are difficult to place, children who behave anti-socially, children who are sexually abusive and children who have murdered or committed manslaughter, and presents outcomes and practical solutions. It is an edited collection of work, which draws on a wide breadth and depth of knowledge and would be useful for anyone working with potentially dangerous children.
*Child Right*

The book concerns itself with exploring risk-management and the successful intervention with children who are in public care and who have committed offences of a fairly serious nature, usually involving violence... The book is of considerable value to those dealing with young persons who are on the fringe, or already becoming criminals and recidivists.
*Internet Law Book Reviews*

This work provides a comprehensive review of the issues facing practitioners working with these troubled young people. These are the children who are involved in the most serious cases ranging from sexual abuse, to children who find themselves looked after in the care system, to those whose offences include murder or manslaughter.
*Seen and Heard the quarterly journal of Nagalro*

This book offers an overview of many interesting issues for practitioners working with violent children. Some of its recommendations are practical and many of its observations useful and helpful, so I recommend it for professionals who want to look at research from the UK and elsewhere. The book provides examples and ideas that practitioners can apply to their own practice and be re-energized to pursue their own approach.
*Journal of Social Work Practice*

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