Naming a child offender could damage their family for generations, says barrister

'Naming a child offender could bring traumatic effects to many generations of their family', says barrister

A review says child offenders should be given life-long anonymity

Friday, December 30, 2016

Naming a child offender could bring traumatic effects to many generations of their family, says barrister. 

A government commissioned review has concluded that child offenders should be given life-long anonymity. Currently they can be identified when they turn 18. 

John Cooper QC told James Whale: “Yes punishment needs to be punishment, but lets make sure that it is punishment teaching a proper lesson.

“People are saying they want to know the name of an individual…because if the answer is they want some sort of retribution, it is they that are committing the offence, not the individual who has come out of prison.

“The traumatic effects that may be the naming of an individual who when they were young committed an offence. The effect throughout the generations of their family can be damaging."

Listen to the full interview above

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