“Catching them young” – some reflections on the meaning of the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622172
Title:
“Catching them young” – some reflections on the meaning of the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales
Authors:
Bateman, Tim
Abstract:
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the tension between government protestations that youth justice policy is evidence-led and what the evidence implies in the context of the age of criminal responsibility. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of a conceptual analysis of government policy and the evidence base. Findings – The paper concludes that the current low age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales can be understood as a manifestation of the influence of underclass theory on successive governments. Research limitations/implications – The paper is not based on primary research. Practical implications – The arguments adduced help to explain the reluctance of government to countenance any increase in the age of criminal responsibility. Social implications – The analysis might help inform approaches adopted by youth justice policy makers, practitioners and academics with an interest in seeking a rise in the age of criminal responsibility. Originality/value – The paper offers an original analysis of government intransigence on an important social issue.
Citation:
Bateman, T (2014) '“Catching them young” – some reflections on the meaning of the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales', Safer Communities, 13 (3), pp.133-142.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Safer Communities
Issue Date:
30-Jun-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622172
DOI:
10.1108/SC-05-2014-0008
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/SC-05-2014-0008
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1757-8043
Sponsors:
None
Appears in Collections:
Applied social sciences

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dc.contributor.authorBateman, Timen
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-01T10:12:30Z-
dc.date.available2017-09-01T10:12:30Z-
dc.date.issued2014-06-30-
dc.identifier.citationBateman, T (2014) '“Catching them young” – some reflections on the meaning of the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales', Safer Communities, 13 (3), pp.133-142.en
dc.identifier.issn1757-8043-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/SC-05-2014-0008-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622172-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the tension between government protestations that youth justice policy is evidence-led and what the evidence implies in the context of the age of criminal responsibility. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of a conceptual analysis of government policy and the evidence base. Findings – The paper concludes that the current low age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales can be understood as a manifestation of the influence of underclass theory on successive governments. Research limitations/implications – The paper is not based on primary research. Practical implications – The arguments adduced help to explain the reluctance of government to countenance any increase in the age of criminal responsibility. Social implications – The analysis might help inform approaches adopted by youth justice policy makers, practitioners and academics with an interest in seeking a rise in the age of criminal responsibility. Originality/value – The paper offers an original analysis of government intransigence on an important social issue.en
dc.description.sponsorshipNoneen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/SC-05-2014-0008en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectage of criminal responsibilityen
dc.subjectyouth justiceen
dc.subjectchildren's rightsen
dc.subjectunderclass theoryen
dc.subjectevidence-based policyen
dc.subjectL410 UK Social Policyen
dc.title“Catching them young” – some reflections on the meaning of the age of criminal responsibility in England and Walesen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSafer Communitiesen
dc.date.updated2017-09-01T10:01:23Z-
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