The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The Home Office has published a concordat on children in custody, preventing the detention of children in police stations following charge. The concordat aims to clarify the legal and statutory duties of the police and local authorities. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 requires the transfer of children who have been charged and denied bail to more appropriate Local Authority accommodation, with a related duty in the Children Act 1989 for Local Authorities to accept these transfers.
The Justice Select Committee report highlights the urgent need for reform of the system for the disclosure of childhood criminal records. Current practice means that youth criminal records are rarely expunged and as a result those affected are unfairly prevented from accessing education, employment, housing and insurance.
R v NPCC  EWHC 2586 (Admin)
This case is a judicial review relating to the disclosure of criminal records for those who were children at the time an offence took place.
The Work of Youth Offending Teams to Protect the Public, An inspection by HM Inspectorate of Probation, October 2017 A report from HM Inspectorate of Probation argues that, although Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are working well, more can be done in order to support young offenders and ensure public safety. Training is needed to provide
Guest blog by Hannah Couchman, Research and Policy Officer (Youth and Family Courts) at the Magistrates Association on the key changes in the updated version of the Magistrates Association (MA) Youth Court Protocol.
The Ministry of Justice issued non-statutory guidance on the conditions that can be applied when a child is released from a custodial sentence.. The guidance is designed to prevent punitive restrictions following release from custody.
Notices of supervision: guidance for youth offending teams, MOJ, October 2017 The Ministry of Justice has issued non-statutory guidance on the imposition of electronic monitoring and Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) requirements on young people released from custody on a Notice of Supervision. It states that such measures should only be used if necessary and
The Fifth Amendment to the Criminal Practice Directions 2015 provides the rules governing case management where Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (YJCEA) is used. In addition, the Lord Chief Justice issued guidance on the use of s.28 YJCEA 1999 during the pilot scheme. While the latter is in force these two documents should be read together.
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