AffiliationUniversity of Bedfordshire
children in custody
pains of Imprisonment
Subject Categories::L432 Welfare Policy
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AbstractPurpose The purpose of this paper is to consider the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the treatment of children in penal custody. Design/methodology/approach This paper is a viewpoint piece that analyses the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for children in custody, drawing on published information where available. Findings This paper argues that imprisoned children are an extremely vulnerable group, whose experience of incarceration exacerbates that vulnerability at the best of times. Responses to COVID-19 are particularly painful for children in those settings, and the consequences are manifestly unjust. Originality/value This paper provides an early attempt to consider the impact of COVID-19 on children in prison.
CitationBateman T (2020) 'Unjust pains: the impact of COVID-19 on children in prison', Journal of Children's Services, 15 (4), pp.201-208.
JournalJournal of Children's Services
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