Should children convicted of heinous crimes have their identities protected?
Calls from James Bulger's father to reveal the identities of his son's killers has sparked debate on whether children who have committed serious crimes should be afforded lifetime anonymity.
Jon Venables and Robert Thompson - two 10-year-olds responsible for the horrific murder of the toddler - were released after spending eight years in prison. They assumed new identities, but Venables eventually returned to jail after being found to be in possession of child pornography.
In a heated debate on Good Morning Britain, former lawyer Lindsey Kushner and former Detective Constable Peter Bleksley argued whether protecting the identities of child killers was a risk to the community, or if it could help lessen the chances of re-offending.
Ms Kushner believes children should be given the right to their anonymity as they’re at risk of vigilante attacks.
“The adult that emerges out of custody at the end is not the same as the child that went in,” she said.
“A lot of effort and therapy and decent treatment, and a vast amount of resources are put into these children when they’re in custody to make sure - as fast as possible - they’re safe before they’re released.”
She also argues it allows the children to integrate back into society, giving them a chance at rehabilitation.
However, Mr Bleksley says vigilante justice is ‘largely a myth’ and communities deserve the right to know who is living amongst them, so they can protect themselves and their families.
“I want the public to be informed, so they can make informed decisions so that they can inform their children,” he said.
“If they know there’s a young person who’s an offender living in the community, that’s the company you avoid.”