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Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime

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Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime
Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime

When children do something wrong, something usually needs to be done. 

In this free course, Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime, you'll explore what happens to children in different parts of the UK when the things they do are labelled as criminal. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and England and Wales different principles guide the systems that respond to children’s problematic behaviour. This course will help you understand those differences and explore their implication for practice.

You will also explore topical issues surrounding young people and crime, such as how rates of victimisation and offending vary, with particular reference to the ways age, gender, race and social class shape young people’s experience of crime.


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Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime

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First Published: 30/11/2020

Updated: 30/11/2020

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