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May 9, 2022


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When children do something wrong, something usually needs to be done.

In this course, Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime, you'll explore what happens to children in different parts of the UK when the things they do are labelled as criminal. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and England and Wales different principles guide the systems that respond to children’s problematic behaviour. This course will help you understand those differences and explore their implication for practice.

You will also explore topical issues surrounding young people and crime, such as how rates of victimisation and offending vary, with particular reference to the ways age, gender, race and social class shape young people’s experience of crime.

Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.

Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation – which also displays your Open University badge.

The Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our start-of-course survey . Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our end-of-course survey . Participation will be completely confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.

This course is endorsed by the CPD Standards Office  .  It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development but is not accredited learning. We are unable to provide formal learner verification services for participation in our open online courses, which are provided freely by The Open University as self-directed CPD.

Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.

Earn this free Open University digital badge if you complete this course! The badge can be displayed, shared and downloaded as a marker of your achievement. The badge is awarded for completing the course and passing the quizzes.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the youth justice systems operating in the UK
  • Appreciate the significance of different approaches to children’s offending behaviour within the UK
  • Understand more about children’s experiences of victimisation and crime
  • Appreciate there are many ways of reducing the harms some children can cause
  • Appreciate how differences around gender, race, ethnicity and social class operate in youth justice.

Course Curriculum

  • Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime Unlimited

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