Children Who Commit Acts of Serious Interpersonal Violence: Messages for Best Practice


Children Who Commit Acts of Serious Interpersonal Violence explores risk management and successful intervention for children in public care who have committed, or are at risk of committing, acts of serious violence. The contributors identify different subgroups of children who are difficult to place, including those who sexually offend and those who murder, and outline the key characteristics and patterns of need they display. They provide an overview of the risk factors leading to extremely violent behavior and discuss the complexities of diagnosis and definition from a legal perspective. The book proposes strategies for effectively managing these children, drawing evidence from international practice and research projects. It highlights the limitations of current structures and makes recommendations for future development.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Ann Hagell
  • Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent
  • Susan Bailey
  • Friedrich Lösel
  • Doris Bender
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Philadelphia
Publication year:
  • 2006


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