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Lay Panel Magazine, Vol. 47, April 2002

NCJ Number
Lay Panel Magazine Volume: 47 Dated: April 2002 Pages: 1-36
W. G. McCarney
Date Published
April 2002
36 pages
Nine articles address various issues that pertain to the management of abused and problem children in Northern Ireland.
An editorial notes that a recent study in Northern Ireland has shown that 40 percent of the children of separated parents lose touch with the nonresident parent within 2 years of separation. The editorial comments on proposed measures that should help ensure that both the mother and father who are separated can continue to play a significant role in their children's lives. An article then reports on a Canadian program designed to teach children to relate to future partners without engaging in violence. A brief article reports on a proposal for a national register of children who have been abused, which would be accessible only to professionals engaged in child protection services. In a third article, the Northern Ireland Youth and Family Courts Association comments on the Justice (Northern Ireland) Draft Bill, which pertains to the processing of juveniles in the justice system. A fourth article discusses the future of lay involvement in the criminal justice system, followed by an article that argues there are too many children in custody and that alternatives to custody should be developed and used. The next article also focuses on this theme, as it examines specific cases of juvenile detention in Northern Ireland in which alternatives to incarceration should have been used. Remaining articles discuss the significant problem of juvenile truancy, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, and allowing inmates more input in what they produce in prison work and a larger share of the money generated by their labor.