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This is the response of the Swansea Youth Justice Team to the consultation regarding draft UN General Comment No. 24: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility, January 2019
"You're just saying we should let them off!": this view, offered by a member of the public when plans for rights-based, early intervention and prevention approaches to youth crime were mooted in Swansea in 2008/2009 is still arguably current. In fact, and exacerbated by the resource strains that are placed on public services by austerity measures,...
This project focuses on how Children First is being developed and applied in Wales and other devolved UK nations. Also, and critically, the project seeks to understand how children's rights, notably as per the UNCRC, are influencing and creating change in 'justice' related practice that is directed towards children.
This research project seeks to understand the ways in which the Welsh devolution settlement is impacting upon both the philosophy and practice of 'youth justice' in Wales.
This project seeks to challenge orthodox understandings of youth justice, including: concepts relating to childhood and what it is to be a young person; the ways that criminal justice agencies (and systems) treat children who come into contact with them; the manner in which Government articulates and promulgates youth justice policy, both nationally and locally; and the zemiological implications of seeing youth justice through a social harm lens.