Troubling times for young people and families with troubles – responding to truancy, rioting and families struggling with adversity

Arthur, Raymond (2015) Troubling times for young people and families with troubles – responding to truancy, rioting and families struggling with adversity. Social & Legal Studies, 24 (3). pp. 443-464. ISSN 0964-6639

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0964663914559239

Abstract

The Big Society was one of the UK Prime Minister’s flagship policy ideas prior to his election in 2010 and has since become part of the UK coalition government’s legislative programme. A key aspect of the Big Society is to mend ‘societally Broken Britain’ by supporting families as ‘strong families are the foundation of a bigger, stronger society’. However in the aftermath of the riots of August 2011 in London and other parts of England, the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has suggested that parents of children who regularly truant need to be confronted and challenged and has proposed penalising parents of truanting children by cutting their benefits. This article considers whether withholding benefits from families is an effective means of tackling antisocial behaviour or does this plan represent an ideological view of welfare recipients as being irresponsible and a commitment to the penalization of the socially excluded? This article will consider whether the Big Society truly offers the prospect of a new approach to young people and families deemed to be ‘in trouble’ or whether the August 2011 riots created the environment for justifying cuts in public spending by shifting responsibility for crime and crime control from the criminal justice system onto vulnerable young people and low-income families.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: published online before print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: family support, parenting, truancy, youth offending
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Raymond Arthur
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2015 14:11
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 10:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21645

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