Juvenile Offending: Welfare or Toughness

Claire McDiarmid

in Law Making and the Scottish Parliament

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640195
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651498 | DOI:
Juvenile Offending: Welfare or Toughness

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The most striking point about offending by juveniles during the period of the Scottish Parliament's existence is the political capital which ‘dealing with the problem’ is perceived to create. The past ten years have been a period in which the media have affirmed and reaffirmed the ‘problem’ of out-of-control youth. While this account has not gone unchallenged, it can be said to have been dominant and it has given governments, both in Westminster and Holyrood, the opportunity to be seen to be taking a firm stance. This chapter discusses the early signs of tension between toughness and welfare, youth justice as a social construction and the child/criminal paradox, the centrality of welfare, youth courts, fast-track children's hearings, victims and the child's welfare, the Anti-social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004, and the SNP administration.

Keywords: Scottish Parliament; out-of-control youth; youth justice; welfare; youth courts; child welfare; anti-social behaviour

Chapter.  11150 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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