Caulfield, L.S, Darker, I and Ward, H (2008) 'An analysis of offending in young people looked after by local authorities.' Youth Justice, 8 (2). pp. 134-148. ISSN 1473-2254

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The association between local authority care and offending behaviour was examined in 250 looked after young people of the age of criminal responsibility. Whilst a greater number of the young people had committed offences than in the general population, the vast majority were law abiding. For those who did offend, the care episode itself was unlikely to have been the sole cause of their delinquency. The findings suggest that the services offered once the young people entered local authority care did not succeed in combating established offending behaviour. Perhaps initiatives targeted in the community prior to entry to care may be more effective.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: local authority care, looked after children and young people, offending, prevention
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 14:36
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