Exploring looked after children’s ‘vulnerability’ in the youth justice system

Spicer, Rebecca (2010) Exploring looked after children’s ‘vulnerability’ in the youth justice system. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    There are two areas of social work being focused upon here: looked after children and youth justice. Looked after children are over-represented within all areas of the youth justice system. The statistics show that their offending rates are nearly three times that of their non-looked after peers. This research is a literature review that pulls together relevant and key research papers and literature to identify the causal factors that are resulting in looked after children to be vulnerable. The research found that there are many contributory factors that are causing looked after children to be vulnerable to not only offending but re-offending and sentencing also. It appears that one of the most hard hitting factors is that of needless criminalisation for minor offences, which if they weren’t looked after, would not normally result in criminality. It appears that Local Authority is failing in its job to be a ‘corporate parent’ and improve life opportunities for looked after children. But with some simple steps a dramatic improvement could be made.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/799

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