Legal Updates archives for November 2016

Exploitation of children by ‘county lines’ gangs – children should be safeguarded not prosecuted

November 30, 2016

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has recently published a second report on the drug distribution model known as ‘county lines’ (County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2016 (November 2016)). Gangs recruit vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs. The report identifies the exposure to harm children may face from these gangs and encourages authorities to safeguard rather than prosecute affected children.

The forgotten 10 point checklist – the decision to prosecute offending in children’s homes

November 29, 2016

By Ita Farrelly, Partner, Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP

The 10 Point Checklist is a key tool in ensuring decisions to prosecute Looked After Children who offend in children’s homes are properly considered, Ita Farrelly shares her experience that lack of awareness of this guidance means Looked After Children are being unnecessarily prosecuted.

Children should not be summonsed to court for non payment of fines – interim guidance

November 15, 2016

The Justices’ Clerks Society (JCS) has issued guidance to all its members which states that children should not be issued with a summons or warrant to secure their attendance at court for non-payment of fines. Details  This guidance follows a legal challenge taken by lawyers from The Howard League for Penal Reform against two magistrates’

ReAct guidance for lawyers and guardians on how to better protect trafficked children

November 8, 2016

The Reinforcing Assistance to Child Victims of Trafficking (ReACT) project has published a report ‘Better Support, Better Protection’ – Steps Lawyers and Guardians can take to better protect trafficked children’. This report examines the extent to which children who may have been involved in trafficking, were identified and protected in five EU states. The report highlights the fact that lawyers and others working with children do not always have the requisite training to identify those who may be subject to trafficking.

New SRA toolkit for Youth Court Advocacy

November 1, 2016

The Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority (SRA) has developed a toolkit to support solicitors practising in the Youth Court. The SRA recognise that additional help is needed for those working in the youth court, ‘this is a really important part of the justice system, one that comes with its own unique challenges and demands.’

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