Youth justice reform: redressing age discrimination against children?
Flacks, S. (2012) Youth justice reform: redressing age discrimination against children? Youth Justice, 12 (1). pp. 19-35. ISSN 1747-6283
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This article considers whether the system of reprimands and final warnings in the youth justice system in England and Wales constitutes age discrimination for the purposes of human rights law. Whilst much youth justice discourse has addressed the use of diversionary measures that steer children away from formal justice processes, little attention has been paid to measures which negatively discriminate against children, in comparison to adults, without reasonable justification. The discussion contextualizes the issue within discourses on the sociology of childhood and youth justice, and considers why there is a general reluctance to recognize children as ‘victims’ of age discrimination.