Juvenile justice and truancy legislation : The move towards parental responsibilisation in Queensland

Hutchinson, Terry C., Dickson, Elizabeth, & Chappell, Duncan (2011) Juvenile justice and truancy legislation : The move towards parental responsibilisation in Queensland. Alternative Law Journal, 36(2), pp. 104-109.

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Much current Queensland media rhetoric, government policy and legislation on truancy and youth justice appears to be based on ideas of responsibilisation – of sheeting responsibility for children’s behaviour back onto their parents. This article examines the evidence of parental responsibility provisions in juvenile justice and truancy legislation in Queensland and the drivers behind this approach. It considers recent legislative initiatives as part of an international trend toward making parents ‘responsible’ for the wrongs of their children. It identifies the parental responsibility rhetoric appearing in recent ministerial statements and associated media reports. It then asks the questions – are these legislative provisions being enforced? And if so, are they successful? Are they simply adding to the administrative burdens placed on teachers and schools, and the socioeconomic burdens placed on already disadvantaged parents? Parental responsibility provisions have been discussed at length in the context of juvenile offending and research suggests that punishing parents for the acts of their children does not decrease delinquency. The paper asks how, as a society, we intend to evaluate these punitive measures against parents?

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ID Code: 46157
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Version placed online provided by publisher
Keywords: parental responsibility, youth justice, truancy
ISSN: 1037-969X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult authors
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2011 01:37
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 05:44

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