Source: (1998) In Restorative justice for juveniles: Potentialities, risks and problems for research, ed. Lode Walgrave, 115-121. A selection of papers presented at the International Conference, Leuven, May 12-14, 1997. With a preface by Lode Walgrave. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.

The paper explores how restorative approaches can take proper account of the emerging competencies of young people. Retributive and rehabilitative systems recognise that children's capacity to reason, to know right from wrong and to resist temptation are limited. The paper considers how restorative approaches should do this, recommending a model of shared responsibility for parents with sufficient safeguards for children. Author's abstract