Monday 28 October 2019

Public event in Cambridge this Thursday: 31 October 2019

‘A Poor Prospect Indeed: The State’s Disavowal of Child Abuse Victims in Youth Custody.’

A public seminar is taking place at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge this Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 5.30pm.

Caroline Lanskey and Ben Jarman say:

"Child abuse in youth custody in England and Wales has received an unprecedented degree of official attention in recent years. Historic allegations of abuse by staff in custodial institutions which held children are now being heard by the courts and by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA); some criminal trials have resulted in convictions. More recent allegations have also been investigated in institutions which hold children today. Two persistent questions these investigations prompt are why the victimisation of children in custody went unrecognised for so long, and why its victims have been denied any form of redress. Drawing on original documentary research, we aim to explain why and how state authorities in England and Wales failed to recognise the victimisation of children held in penal institutions between 1960 and 1990, and argue that this failure constitutes a disavowal of the state’s responsibility..."

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