Abuse of Natural Justice Harms Our Most Vulnerable Young People ; ANALYSIS
Batman-Ghelidja, Camilla, The Independent (London, England)
I feel that the whole Asbo debate is coming at the problem from the wrong angle. I feel it is articulate opinion-formers who make judgements based on their own quality of life and they set standards for other people in relation to how they want their lives to be.
If you have that power you must ensure that children's lives are of a similar quality and standard as your own. Yet Asbos are being used on some of the most vulnerable and physiologically distressed young people.
What people don't understand is that these young children find it very difficult to calm down. For years they've been terrorised and possibly abused and they have a built-up energy which makes it difficult for them to relax, and no significant relationship in places.
Often these kids have been thrown out of school. Honestly, they don't even give a thought about the Asbo.
Some of them have experienced extremes of punishment, and " for them " prison might seem a respite from what they have been through. If you've been damaged and terrorised, you're not going to …
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Publication information: Article title: Abuse of Natural Justice Harms Our Most Vulnerable Young People ; ANALYSIS. Contributors: Batman-Ghelidja, Camilla - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: June 2, 2005. Page number: 2. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.