Should the age of criminal responsibility be raised in England and Wales?

Wilkes, Heather (2010) Should the age of criminal responsibility be raised in England and Wales? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation examines whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised in England and Wales. Scotland is set to raise its age of criminal responsibility from eight to twelve raising the question of whether this is now a possibility for England and Wales. Although, with Jon Venables recent recall to custody in early 2010, the James Bulger case has once more hit the headlines. Reigniting debate around the current age of criminal responsibility, which is currently set at ten years old. This dissertation considers relevant legislation and social policy exploring the contemporary social and political issues concerning the age of criminal responsibility and the detrimental effect criminalisation can have on children. There are also those who believe that children are being criminalised before even reaching the age of ten. With the current Youth Justice System (YJS) enabling children to enter the criminal justice system at an earlier age in comparison to other European Union (EU) countries. This highlights concerns surrounding welfare versus justice. A comparative analysis of the YJS in England and Wales to that in Scotland alludes to the possibility of a more chid focused, welfare orientated YJS in England and Wales. However, if this is possible is a different question, due to negative public opinion and various detrimental media discourses.

    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

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