Chapter 2.9. Child Defendants and the Law

  1. David Carson Reader in Law and Behavioural Sciences3 and
  2. Ray Bull Professor of Criminological and Legal Psychology4
  1. Peter Yates Consultant Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist1 and
  2. Eileen Vizard Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer2

Published Online: 2 MAR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470013397.ch12

Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition

How to Cite

Yates, P. and Vizard, E. (2003) Child Defendants and the Law, in Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition (eds D. Carson and R. Bull), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470013397.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Faculty of Law, The University, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Stamford House, Cathnor Road, Hammersmith, London W12 9PA, UK

  2. 2

    University College London, The Young Abusers Project, The Peckwater Centre, 6 Peckwater Street, London NW5 2TX, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2005
  2. Published Print: 15 MAR 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471498742

Online ISBN: 9780470013397



  • legal context of child defendants;
  • age of criminal responsibility;
  • role of child and adolescent forensic psychiatry


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Age of Criminal Responsibility

  • Psychological and Mental Health Issues in Relation to the Age of Criminal Responsibility

  • Alternative Legal Provision

  • Conclusions and Implications for Practice

  • Acknowledgements

  • References