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The Open University

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

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Overview

This free course will introduce you to the many ways of working with children in trouble with the law. You will learn about the emergence of the youth justice system in England and Wales and how...

Syllabus

  • Introduction and guidance
  • Introduction and guidance
  • What is a badged course?
  • How to get a badge
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session1Session 1: Children or criminals?
  • Introduction
  • 1 Child or adult?
  • 2 The age of criminal responsibility
  • 3 What the law says
  • 4 Taking court action
  • 5 A mind to a crime
  • 6 Children talk labels
  • 7 This session’s quiz
  • 8 Summary of Session 1
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session2Session 2: Youth justice in England and Wales
  • Introduction
  • 1 The Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • 2 Getting to know the youth justice system
  • 2.1 Unintended consequences
  • 3 Children in prison
  • 4 Wales makes a difference?
  • 5 Getting smaller, getting smarter?
  • 6 Different paths to youth justice
  • 7 This session’s quiz
  • 8 Summary of Session 2
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session3Session 3: Children’s Hearings in Scotland
  • Introduction
  • 1 An enlightenment idea?
  • 2 Hearing about panels
  • 3 Raising the age
  • 4 Children’s views of Hearings
  • 5 Young people and knife crime: a Scottish approach
  • 6 The language of justice
  • 7 This session’s quiz
  • 8 Summary of Session 3
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session4Session 4: Restorative conferencing in Northern Ireland
  • Introduction
  • 1 What is restorative justice?
  • 2 From rough justice to restorative justice
  • 3 Restorative conferencing with young people in Northern Ireland
  • 4 Youth custody in Northern Ireland
  • 5 The age of criminal responsibility in Northern Ireland
  • 6 Moving on
  • 7 This session’s quiz
  • 8 Summary of Session 4
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session5Session 5: It’s different for girls?
  • Introduction
  • 1 Bad girls?
  • 2 It’s different for girls
  • 3 Girls and the gangs
  • 3.1 A case study: Gina
  • 4 Possibilities, alternatives, changes
  • 5 This session’s quiz
  • 6 Summary of Session 5
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session6Session 6: Race, ethnicity and youth justice
  • Introduction
  • 1 Why race and racism matters
  • 1.1 What about ethnicity?
  • 2 Injustice and youth justice
  • 3 Youth, sub-cultures and resistance
  • 4 New generations, new voices
  • 5 Islamophobia and racism
  • 6 This session’s quiz
  • 7 Summary of Session 6
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session7Session 7: It’s all about class
  • Introduction
  • 1 Poverty and class disadvantage
  • 2 Ghostbusters on the estate – a case study
  • 3 Class: intersections, contexts and convictions
  • 4 Drugs, knives, county lines and fast lanes
  • 5 Changing the questions?
  • 6 Class acts
  • 7 This session’s quiz
  • 8 Summary of Session 7
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Session8Session 8: Youth justice with integrity
  • Introduction
  • 1 Why social and economic justice?
  • 2 Why comprehensive, universal and socially engaging?
  • 3 Diversion
  • 4 Child-appropriate justice
  • 5 Abolishing youth justice, championing children’s rights
  • 5.1 Children’s rights
  • 6 This session’s quiz
  • 7 Summary of Session 8
  • 8 Course conclusion
  • Tell us what you think
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

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