Crime and justice research Youth offenders

Research has been undertaken to explore youth offending trends, and explain differences between youth and adult offenders.

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Youth offending (report)

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The Youth offending research brief outlines some of the reasons why children are treated differently to adults by the criminal justice system. The findings discussed in the brief show that:

  • childhood and adolescence are periods when offending tends to escalate
  • children have less mature psychological and cognitive systems when compared with adults
  • children in contact with the criminal justice system tend to present with more risk factors associated with offending behaviour than adults in contact with the system.
April 2021 edition
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