Time to stop twisting the knife: a critical commentary on the rights and wrongs of criminal justice responses to problem youth in the UK

Stephen, Dawn E. (2009) Time to stop twisting the knife: a critical commentary on the rights and wrongs of criminal justice responses to problem youth in the UK Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 (2). pp. 193-206. ISSN 0964-9069

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Abstract

This article considers the current context for, and criminal justice responses to knife-carrying and knife-crime amongst young people in the UK. It will be argued that although criminal justice responses play an important role in managing the problem, they do nothing to tackle the roots of the social malaise of which knife carrying and violent crime are symptomatic. Framed within the context of the erosion of young people's rights more generally, this paper calls for an approach to young people wherein the 'best interests of the child' are paramount in social policy initiatives to ensure that children and young people's human rights are protected. In short, the paper argues that we need social, not criminal justice solutions to the problem.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L800 Criminology
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/09649060903043562
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Criminology
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
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Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5846

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