A Child-Friendly Youth Justice?

Phoenix, Jo (2018). A Child-Friendly Youth Justice? In: Child-Friendly Youth Justice (Bateman, Tim; Goodfellow, Pippa; Little, Ross and Wigzell, Ali eds.), National Association of Youth Justice, London, pp. 15–19.

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The term ‘child-friendly justice’ has its origins in international human rights legal frameworks, specifically the Council of Europe guidelines for implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to justice. In England, the notion of a ‘child-friendly’ youth justice has also been used to critique the practices for dealing with youth crime that have their origins in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Yet, exactly what does child-friendly youth justice mean? Does it necessarily ensure a more just way of dealing with youth crime or a more just response to the children and young people who populate it? This essay takes a closer look at the critique offered of the current way of dealing with youth crime, the agenda for reform and ends by suggesting that it does not necessarily mean a more just response to young people or youth crime.

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