Upcoming talk by Claire Fitzpatrick and team on Judicial perspectives on care-experienced girls and women in trouble.
21st June 2021
Judicial perspectives on care-experienced girls and women in trouble.
We would like to invite you to join the forthcoming seminar which is part of the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research seminar series :
Perspectives from the Judiciary on Care-Experienced Girls and Women in Trouble
Dr Claire Fitzpatrick, Dr Katie Hunter, Dr Julie Shaw and Dr Jo Staines
Date/time: Tuesday 13th July 1pm
Chair: Lisa Morriss
Details: This seminar presents emerging findings and ongoing analysis from interviews with professionals undertaken for the Disrupting the Routes between Care and Custody Project.
Abstract: Evidence suggests that care-experienced girls and women are significantly over-represented within the criminal justice system. For example, almost a third of women in custody are known to have previous experience of the care system, compared with a quarter of men (MoJ, 2012). Nonetheless, there has been a distinct lack of research on the association between gender, care experience and criminal justice involvement. This presentation outlines findings from an ongoing Nuffield Foundation funded project which aims to explore how to reduce the over-representation of care-experienced girls and women in the youth and criminal justice system. The project includes interviews with care-experienced women in prison, and with girls and young women in the community involved in the youth justice system. However, in this presentation, we discuss early findings from our interviews with professionals, focusing particular on the perspectives of participants from the Judiciary. Emerging themes include: the challenge of disjointed court systems; power and powerlessness; and the needs of care-experienced girls and women in court. With respect to the latter theme, we consider negative judgements, representation in court, and issues around communication and trust. In highlighting a number of systemic failures, we question how far justice can be achieved for care-experienced girls and women who come into conflict with the law.
To attend: Further details and booking information is available on Eventbrite by clicking here
Project Website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/care-custody/