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Parent abuse: some reflections on the adequacy of a youth justice response

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Published

Journal publication date11/2009
JournalInternet Journal of Criminology
Number of pages9
Pages1-9
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This short paper draws on data from a recent study which explored parents’
experiences of the youth justice process, including their own receipt of a Parenting Order as a result of their child’s involvement in offending. Whilst talking about their experiences, both mothers and fathers described experiences of ‘parent abuse’ and, drawing on extracts from these accounts, this paper reflects on the appropriateness of a dominant youth justice policy agenda - realised through the Parenting Order – in responding to such experiences. In doing so, it questions what alternatives there may be for responding adequately to ‘parent abuse’ and suggests that a new conceptualisation of the issue is necessary before adequate support and resources can be put in place for such parents and their families.