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Children and Crime: In the Moment

Haines, Kevin; Case, Stephen; Smith, Roger; Joe Laidler, Karen; Hughes, Nathan; Webster, Colin; Goddard, Tim; Deakin, Jo; Johns, Diana; Richards, Kelly; Gray, Patricia

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Kevin Haines

Stephen Case

Karen Joe Laidler

Nathan Hughes

Colin Webster

Tim Goddard

Jo Deakin

Diana Johns

Kelly Richards

Patricia Gray


Traditional approaches to understanding and responding to children and crime are fundamentally based on ‘miniaturised’ adult models. The assumption appears to be that children are adults in the making, essentially just smaller, developing versions of grown-ups. This view of children is increasingly being challenged. Children are not simply putative adults, they are different, distinct and developing. This article sets out to explore the notion that children essentially think and behave ‘in the moment’. The implications of this for our understanding of children and crime are also explored.


Haines, K., Case, S., Smith, R., Joe Laidler, K., Hughes, N., Webster, C., …Gray, P. (2021). Children and Crime: In the Moment. Youth Justice, 21(3), 275-298.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 12, 2020
Publication Date Dec 1, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 3, 2020
Journal Youth Justice
Print ISSN 1473-2254
Electronic ISSN 1747-6283
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 275-298


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Haines, Kevin, Case, Stephen, Smith, Roger, Joe Laidler, Karen, Hughes, Nathan, Webster, Colin, Goddard, Tim, Deakin, Jo, Johns, Diana, Richards, Kelly & Gray, Patricia (2021). Children and Crime: In the Moment. Youth Justice 21(3): 275-298.<br /><br /> Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses

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