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Law Making and the Scottish ParliamentThe Early Years$
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Elaine E Sutherland and Kay E Goodall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640195

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640195.001.0001

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Juvenile Offending: Welfare or Toughness

Juvenile Offending: Welfare or Toughness

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(p.225) 12 Juvenile Offending: Welfare or Toughness
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Law Making and the Scottish Parliament
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Claire McDiarmid

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640195.003.0029

The most striking point about offending by juveniles during the period of the Scottish Parliament's existence is the political capital which ‘dealing with the problem’ is perceived to create. The past ten years have been a period in which the media have affirmed and reaffirmed the ‘problem’ of out-of-control youth. While this account has not gone unchallenged, it can be said to have been dominant and it has given governments, both in Westminster and Holyrood, the opportunity to be seen to be taking a firm stance. This chapter discusses the early signs of tension between toughness and welfare, youth justice as a social construction and the child/criminal paradox, the centrality of welfare, youth courts, fast-track children's hearings, victims and the child's welfare, the Anti-social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004, and the SNP administration.

Keywords:   Scottish Parliament, out-of-control youth, youth justice, welfare, youth courts, child welfare, anti-social behaviour

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