Friday Seminar | Child Friendly Youth Justice


A Social Sciences and Institute for the Study of Social Change seminar presented by visiting scholar Professor Jo Phoenix

Start Date

6th Jul 2018 3:00pm

End Date

6th Jul 2018 4:00pm


Room 322, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay campus

RSVP / Contact Information

No RSVP required. Enquiries to or 6226 1832

The last two decades have seen the growth and spread of actuarial forms of youth justice across many Anglophone countries. Over this period these forms of youth justice have been critiqued. Alternative models of youth justice and youth justice practice have been explored. This seminar discusses one of them: child or youth ‘positive’ or ‘friendly’ youth justice. It asks what this means and whether it presents a truly alternative form of justice for young people in trouble with the law.

About Jo Phoenix

Jo Phoenix is Professor in Criminology at the Open University, having formerly been at the Universities of Leicester, Durham, Bath and Middlesex. Her research interests relate to the fields of youth crime and punishment; sex, sexualities and regulation, and criminological knowledge production. Her most recent publications are two chapters in an edited collection entitled Alternative Criminologies edited by Carlen, P. and Franca Ayres, L. (2017: Routledge), two chapters on discourses and policies of childhood sexual exploitation in Dewey et al (eds) Routledge Handbook of Sex Work Research (forthcoming 2018: Routledge) and Pearce, J. (ed.) Child Sexual Exploitation: Theory to Practice forthcoming 2018: Bristol Policy Press) and a monograph entitled Youth Justice 2.0 (forthcoming 2018: Palgrave). She has been a keen observer and remained interested in the politics of sex and sexualities since her days of feminist activitism in Bristol, England in the 1980s.