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Title: 'There are no good kids here' : girls' experiences of secure accommodation
Author: Ellis, Katie H.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 7819
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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In 2010 two hundred and sixty children entered secure accommodation. Of these, fifty-one percent were placed because they were on remand or sentenced after being found guilty of committing a serious offence. The other thirty-seven percent were placed by social services for their own protection under a child welfare order. This means that secure accommodation is used to simultaneously hold children sentenced for punishment with those who are 'saved' from tragedy by welfare professionals. This research explores girls' everyday experiences of secure accommodation by centralising the view of young people as social actors able to play a key role in defining their own experiences. It does so by building on theories around discipline and confinement to consider secure accommodation as an emotional space designed specifically to reform and re-educate children. Taking secure accommodation as a unique social space, this thesis employs the sociology of emotion to explore the social architecture between the adults working as paid carers and the children for whom they receive money to both care for and control. In order to consider the nature of these relationships, this thesis explores the status of 'child' within the unit and the social Significance of childhood in the context of a society which binds age with competency.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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