The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
Sexting in schools and colleges: responding to incidents and safeguarding young people, UK Council for Child Internet Safety
Non-statutory guidance on managing incidents of sexting by children. The guidance states that the response should be guided by the principle of proportionality and the primary concern at all times should be the welfare and protection of the children involved.
Problem-solving courts: An evidence review, Centre for Justice Innovation, August 2016
Report by the Centre for Justice Innovation reviewing the evidence collected by a working group on problem-solving courts. The report highlights how problem-solving courts could better address youth offending in some circumstances.
Statutory changes in England and Wales came into force on 18 August 2016 imposing a ban on the sale of so-called ‘zombie knives’.
There have been a number of recent developments concerning the sentencing of youths in the first half of 2016 with a shift towards recognising that children and young people should be treated differently when being sentenced.
The Youth Justice Board (YJB) has published its response to the Laming Review on keeping children in care out of trouble.
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The Constitutional Court of South Africa has confirmed that the ‘best interest’ principle, enshrined in Article 3 of the UNCRC and incorporated into South African domestic legislation, is to be paramount when police are considering arresting and detaining a child.
Article published in Legal Voice by YJLC’s Youth Justice Lawyer, Laura Cooper, on the use of the youth court by the legal profession as a ‘rehearsal court’.
In April 2016 a 15-year-old was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) following a conviction for using an imitation firearm to threaten a 14-year-old. This is the first time a youth has been tagged as part of a condition of a CBO.
The Michael Sieff Foundation has produced a report summarising the findings of its conference ‘Developments and Research Needs in Youth Justice’ held in May 2016.
Section 53 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and guidance given by Sir Brian Leveson in R (on the application of the DPP) v South Tyneside Youth Court EWHC 1455 (Admin), means there is an increasing expectation that most cases involving children (except the most serious) will remain in the youth court.
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