12,000

We have over 12,000 students, from over 100 countries, within one of the safest campuses in the UK

93%

93% of Lancaster students go into work or further study within six months of graduating

Home > Research > Publications & Outputs > (En)gendering responsibilities
View graph of relations

« Back

(En)gendering responsibilities: experiences of parenting a ‘young offender’

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Journal publication date09/2009
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Journal number4
Volume48
Number of pages13
Pages344-356
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article discusses how parenting a ‘young offender’ involves specific additional responsibilities for parents who are already under scrutiny for apparently not taking their parenting responsibilities seriously. With reference to empirical data, three specific parental tasks are considered: managing the family's involvement in the youth justice system, waiting on ‘standby’ for police and schools, and reporting the child's offences to the police. In doing so, this article highlights the ways in which gender is implicated, and performs a regulatory function, in the day-to-day lives of mothers and fathers who are parenting a ‘troublesome’ child.