The Link between Child Maltreatment and Adolescent Offending: Systems Neglect of Adolescents

Family Matters, Vol. 89, pp. 31-41, 2011

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/03

16 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2012  

Judith Cashmore

University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 19, 2012

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the nexus between abuse and neglect and adolescent offending in the lives of some children and young people, and the lack of a coordinated response to these by both the child protection and juvenile justice systems. The window for effective intervention, especially in relation to offending behaviors, is not closed after early childhood, though it is likely to be more expensive to intervene at later ages. Crucially, state parental responsibility for children and young people in care must not stop once they have offended and become troublesome as well as troubled.

Keywords: juvenile offending, systems neglect, child maltreatment, therapeutic or problem-solving courts

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K30

Suggested Citation

Cashmore, Judith, The Link between Child Maltreatment and Adolescent Offending: Systems Neglect of Adolescents (January 19, 2012). Family Matters, Vol. 89, pp. 31-41, 2011; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988592

Judith Cashmore (Contact Author)

University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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