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

Claire McDiarmid, Karin Arts (Editor), Vesselin Popovski (Editor)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Criminal Accountability and the Rights of Children
Place of PublicationThe Hague
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • child defendants
  • criminal responsibility
  • age of responsibility
  • crime

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