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What do they know? Child defendants and the age of criminal responsibility: a national perspective

McDiarmid, Claire (2006) What do they know? Child defendants and the age of criminal responsibility: a national perspective. In: International criminal accountability and the rights of children. Hague Academic Press, The Hague, pp. 85-95. ISBN 9067042277

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Abstract

The legal context around child defendants remains complicated and there is persisting confusion about how to deal with the welfare needs of children charged with serious offences. In many ways, society prefers to perceive children either as victims of crime or as offenders. Therefore, the dual status of many child offenders as children in need as well as young delinquents has been difficult to address within current civil and criminal legislation.