LLM Youth Justice

Students studying in a seminarModule leader: Kate Gooch

Module description:

This module explores the development of the youth justice system and the criminal justice response to youth crime. The module focuses on the approach in England and Wales but will draw on appropriate comparative examples, particularly in relation to the discourse regarding the appropriate balance between punishment, children’s rights and the welfare of the child.

Seminar topics:

  • The Penal Landscape in relation to Children and Influences on Youth Justice Policy
  • The Development of the Youth Justice System
  • The Nature and Extent of Youth Crime
  • Risk and Predictive Factors
  • Criminal Responsibility and Capacity
  • Children in Contact with the Police
  • Diversionary Practices
  • Community Disposals
  • Custodial Disposals
  • Serious Violent and Sexual Offending by Children

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



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