This is an external event hosted by the British Academy.

How should children and young people accused of a crime be treated within the justice system?

This webinar will include a panel discussion focussing on the complex question of to what extent children and young people should be held responsible for their actions. The discussion will take place virtually by Zoom webinar on Tuesday 08 December, 2.00-3.30pm. 

This online event will explore the complex question of to what extent children and young people should be held responsible for their actions within the justice system. The age of criminal responsibility in England & Wales (10 years) is low by international standards, and panellists will discuss the appropriateness or otherwise of this age limit. There will also be a consideration of the Scottish Children’s Hearings System, including how this system compares with that found in England & Wales. A panel discussion will bring together different perspectives to consider the multifaceted relationship between children and young people and the justice system. 

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Claire McDiarmid, Head of School, School of Law, University of Strathclyde 
  • Dr Michelle Donnelly, Lecturer in Law, University of Stirling
  • Dr Harriet Pierpoint, Associate Professor, Centre for Criminology, University of South Wales

This event forms part of the British Academy’s Childhood Policy Programme. The programme was set up to reframe debates around childhood in both the public and policy spaces, and to break down academic, policy and professional silos in order to explore new conceptualisations of children in policymaking. The Academy’s series of childhood provocation papers, written by experts from across the social sciences, humanities and arts accompanies the programme. This event will provide an opportunity to debate and discuss issues surrounding two of these provocation papers – Dr Michelle Donnelly’s  ‘Scottish youth justice and the legacy of Kilbrandon‘ and Dr Harriet Pierpoint’s ‘Age of criminal responsibility’. 

If you have any questions about this event please contact the Childhood programme team at childhood@thebritishacademy.ac.uk. Please do forward this invite to any colleagues who may be interested in attending.