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Mind the Gap: Factors that can support responses to offending in residential child care and the challenges of implementation
Responding to offending in residential child care is inherently complex (Moodie & Nolan, 2016). There has been longstanding concern about the overrepresentation of care leavers in the criminal justice system and the fact that the behaviours of care experienced children are more likely to come to the attention of the police and to attract a criminalising response (Scottish Government, 2018; Scottish Care Leavers Covenant, 2015). This article highlights the range of factors which can support good quality, consistent and confident decision making, towards the aim of ensuring that police contact is avoided unless absolutely necessary.