The introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes discussed in the book and its key insights. It highlights the legacy of reform, commenting on some of the connections between the nineteenth-century history explored in the book and later developments in twentieth- century Scotland, including the links between the earlier history and the seminal Kilbrandon Report in 1964.
Keywords: philanthropy, juvenile justice reform, probation, scientific discourse, public intervention in private sphere, voluntary action, long-term longitudinal studies, testimony of children, ambiguous and complex position of institutions, Kilbrandon Report
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