Month: July 2017
Strasbourg court rules that 16 year old had been subjected to “degrading” treatment at police station in breach of Article 3
The European Court of Human Rights found that a child was subjected to “degrading” treatment contrary to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by being kept handcuffed and wearing just his underwear for at least two and a half hours and, subsequently, by being placed in a cell with adult detainees for three days.
Home Office guidance on county lines published
The Home Office have published guidance for frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults. The guidance is intended to explain the nature of criminal exploitation and to enable practitioners to recognise the signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.
A sentencing option for children who have pleaded guilty to an offence. If given a referral order a child is referred to a Youth Offender Panel with a parent. The child agrees a contract with the panel. A referral order can be from 3 months-12months.
Child held in unlawful isolation at Feltham Prison
AB v Secretary of State and Youth Justice Board  EWHC 1694 (Admin) The High Court has held that the segregation of a child for over 22 hours a day at Her Majesty’s Young Offender Institution (HMYOI) Feltham breached Article 8 of the ECHR and the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000.
Home Office guidance on the criminal exploitation of children through County lines gang activity
The Home Office have published guidance for professionals working with potential victims of criminal exploitation. The guidance is specifically for those working with children and vulnerable adults as these are the people targeted by County lines gang activity.