Relationship between public attitudes to young people and the development of youth justice policy.
Youth Justice unit.
The meanings we attach to youth crime and how we understand ‘young offenders’ are socially and politically contingent
Cyclical inter-relationship between children’s behaviour, public reactions, media campaigns, police/policy responses – which can affect children’s behaviour
Role of underlying social problems such as exclusion of children/young people, poverty, inter-generational divisions, fear and mistrust
But can also lead to positive opportunities and interventions for children and young people involved – albeit often charities / grassroots organisations etc (ie not seen as a governmental responsibility!)
Raises questions about role and responsibility of the media, including social media, and politicians.
Crime’ / the ‘criminal’ and ‘youth crime’ are social constructs, affected by place and time, and by social divisions – class, gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality etc: crime has ‘no fixed meaning or reality’ (Scott 2013)
Unit ILOs: The objectives of the unit are to develop students’ awareness and knowledge of:
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to: