Researching Young People’s Experiences of Detention

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Abstract

Drawing upon research with children in custody, this paper discusses the detention of children within the youth justice system and the prison system in Northern Ireland. It focuses on relatively recent legislative developments which demonstrate the failure of the State to incorporate children’s rights, provided for in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and additional international instruments relating to the area of juvenile justice and the deprivation of children’s liberty, into provisions governing the custodial disposal of children. The significance of this failure is highlighted by the thoughts and experiences of children detained in custody in Northern Ireland, which they revealed to the author during semi-structured interviews. Key areas of concern include the failure of the State to explicitly recognise children’s rights in legislation, to acknowledge that the child’s best interests are paramount, to remove children from the prison system and to separate them from adults, and provision for the imprisonment of children at risk of self-harm within the prison system. It is argued that these issues clearly demonstrate the State’s failure to guarantee children their rights and children’s experiences of custody reveal the serious consequences of this failure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsDada Maglajlić
Place of PublicationDubrovnik School of Social Work Theory and Practice
PublisherInter-University Centre Dubrovnik
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9539976537, 9789539976536
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Eventthe 20th Anniversary Conference the IUC Dubrovnik School of Social Work Theory and Practice, June 28 - July 4, 2009 - School of Social Work Theory and Practice, Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …

Conference

Conferencethe 20th Anniversary Conference the IUC Dubrovnik School of Social Work Theory and Practice, June 28 - July 4, 2009
Period1/01/10 → …

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    Convery, U. (2010). Researching Young People’s Experiences of Detention. In D. Maglajlić (Ed.), Unknown Host Publication Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik.