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Residential care and criminalisation: the impact of system abuse

Residential care and criminalisation: the impact of system abuse PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to present and explore the findings of part of the author’s research study, an aim of which is to illuminate factors at policy, practice and procedural levels that contribute to the criminalisation of children in residential care in England.Design/methodology/approachThis study utilises semi-structured interviews with children, young people, and professional adults in the care system.FindingsThrough analysis of the semi-structured interviews, the paper highlights how “system abuse” can contribute to poor outcomes, including involvement with the youth justice system.Originality/valueThe paper concludes by arguing that in order to successfully decrease criminalisation, it is necessary to employ an approach which, while acknowledging individual culpability, both recognises and focuses on the contribution of wider systemic failings. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Safer Communities Emerald Publishing

Residential care and criminalisation: the impact of system abuse

Safer Communities , Volume 16 (3): 10 – Jul 10, 2017

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1757-8043
DOI
10.1108/SC-02-2017-0008
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to present and explore the findings of part of the author’s research study, an aim of which is to illuminate factors at policy, practice and procedural levels that contribute to the criminalisation of children in residential care in England.Design/methodology/approachThis study utilises semi-structured interviews with children, young people, and professional adults in the care system.FindingsThrough analysis of the semi-structured interviews, the paper highlights how “system abuse” can contribute to poor outcomes, including involvement with the youth justice system.Originality/valueThe paper concludes by arguing that in order to successfully decrease criminalisation, it is necessary to employ an approach which, while acknowledging individual culpability, both recognises and focuses on the contribution of wider systemic failings.

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Safer CommunitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 10, 2017

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