One of my keynote presentation’s is about the understanding young people – a challenging subject for us in the UK – this BBC report is food for thought…I remember a few years ago one senior policeman saying that ‘what was once youthful exuberance is now known as anti-social behaviour.’ Ouch.
The report says…
“The government is too quick to criminalise young people for petty offences where informal punishment could be more effective, says a report. Ex-Youth Justice Board chairman Prof Rod Morgan criticised an “extensive net widening” of the use of summary powers such as cautions and on-the-spot fines. His report for King’s College, London, urged assessment of the development.The report said some behaviour would be better dealt with informally”