International Journal of Children’s Rights 16 (2008) 457–474 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/157181808X303519 www.brill.nl/chil Children’s Rights as Crime Prevention R. Brian Howe Children’s Rights Centre, Cape Breton University, Canada Abstract Th e purpose of this article is to examine the linkage between implementing the rights of children, as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and preventing youth crime. Using Canada as a case study and comparing jurisdictions in Canada where youth crime rates are relatively low and high, the article concludes that eﬀ orts at crime prevention are more successful where child and family policies in support of children’s rights are stronger. What this illustrates is the impor- tance of implementing children’s rights as means of preventing crime. Keywords children’s rights; crime prevention; youth crime; Canada; UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; social crime prevention Introduction It is reasonable to expect a linkage between implementing children’s rights and preventing or reducing youth crime. Th is is the implication of the literature in the ﬁ elds of both crime prevention and children’s rights. As reported in crime preven- tion literature, children and youth are less likely to become involved
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD; CANADA; CRIME PREVENTION; CHILDREN'S RIGHTS; SOCIAL CRIME PREVENTION; YOUTH CRIME
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