The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The Youth Justice Board and the Ministry of Justice have published statistics for children and young people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales for the year ending March 2017.
The latest proven reoffending statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that reoffending rates for children who are dealt with by way of youth caution at the police station are substantially lower than those receiving a custodial sentence.
The Youth Justice Legal Centre has been recognised for its innovative and ground breaking work in improving the justice system for children and young people.
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.
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 Youth Justice Legal Centre has submitted its response to the Bar Standards Board Consultation on compulsory registration for youth advocates.
The Lammy Review is an independent report into the treatment of and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the criminal justice system. The Lammy Review highlights the current failings of the youth justice system and makes a number of important recommendations on how best to redress the disproportionate representation of BAME young people in the criminal justice system.
The Judicial College has published an updated and revised Youth Court Bench Book.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is planning to introduce compulsory registration for ‘youth advocates’ in April 2018 and is consulting on their proposals. Youth advocates are barristers working in proceedings involving young people.
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has produced new guidance for practitioners representing children in the youth justice system. The materials are intended to help barristers comply with the Bar Standards Board’s recently published ‘Youth Proceedings Competences’.
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