A Difficult Balance: Challenges and Possibilities for Local Protocols to Reduce Unnecessary Criminalisation of Children in Care and Care Leavers

Katie Hunter*, Claire Fitzpatrick, Jo Staines, J Shaw

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In 2018, the National Protocol on Reducing Unnecessary Criminalisation of Looked-after Children and Care Leavers (Department for Education, Home Office & Ministry of Justice, 2018) was published in England. The protocol represented national recognition of the issue and called for local authorities to implement their own agreements. However, the protocol was given no statutory status which immediately raised questions about its potential impact. Drawing on analysis of 36 local protocols from across England and Wales, this article explores the challenges and possibilities of using local agreements to divert children in care and care leavers away from formal justice systems contact.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalYouth Justice
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2023

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The project has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation. Visit www.nuffieldfoundation.org .

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Structured keywords

  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre
  • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice

Keywords

  • Protocol
  • Youth justice
  • Looked After
  • Care
  • Criminalisation
  • Diversion

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