In the Media

When care rather than court is best for young offenders

PUBLISHED December 12, 2005

Britain must act to stop child offenders hardening into lifelong criminals or risk a legacy of "totally unmanageable juvenile crime", the former head of the family justice system in England and Wales, warns today.

Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who retired in April, now thinks too many child offenders are prosecuted and put on the path to a life of crime.