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Title: “Vulnerable by law (but not by nature)”: examining perceptions of youth and childhood ‘vulnerability’ in the context of police custody
Authors: Dehaghani, Roxanna
First Published: 26-Oct-2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 2017
Abstract: This paper, drawing upon qualitative data produced through interviews with custody officers (COs) at two custody suites in England, examines how the vulnerability of children and young people is conceptualised generally, within the criminal process, and then, more specifically, in police custody. It uses the appropriate adult (AA) safeguard under Code C to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 as the point of reference and explores, firstly, how childhood is conceptualised and, secondly, how childhood vulnerability is understood by COs. The responses of COs are perhaps indicative of a wider issue within the criminal process – the construction of youth and childhood and, accordingly, the criminal law response to children and young people. Within this paper, whilst it is accepted that childhood and vulnerability are non-static concepts, it is nevertheless contended that children and young people are vulnerable, particularly when facing the criminal process.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09649069.2017.1390279
ISSN: 0964-9069
eISSN: 1469-9621
Embargo on file until: 26-Apr-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Description: The file associated with this record is under embargo until 18 months after publication, in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The full text may be available through the publisher links provided above.
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