Children and crime: In the moment
journal contributionposted on 2020-05-26, 11:05 authored by Kevin Haines, Stephen CaseStephen Case, Roger Smith, Karen Joe Laidler, Nathan Hughes, Colin Webster, Tim Goddard, Jo Deakin, Diana Johns, Kelly Richards, Patricia Gray
Traditional approaches to understanding and responding to children and crime are fundamentally based on ‘miniaturised’ adult models. The assumption appears to be that children are adults in the making, essentially just smaller, developing versions of grown-ups. This view of children is increasingly being challenged. Children are not simply putative adults, they are different, distinct and developing. This article sets out to explore the notion that children essentially think and behave ‘in the moment’. The implications of this for our understanding of children and crime are also explored.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy