Advice for lawyers and other professionals

The YJLC advice line is run by youth justice specialist lawyers with the aim of supporting other professionals to represent children better. The advice line is run by a very small part-time team with limited capacity. We are unable to provide immediate responses to enquiries. We aim to make initial contact with the majority of enquiries within 3 working days. Whether or not we are able to assist with your enquiry will depend on capacity. Please note that between 13th and 27th September our capacity will be particularly limited due to staff absence and our response time is likely to be longer than usual.

We regularly take a range of enquiries from different professionals including criminal lawyers, Youth Offending Team workers, social workers, or indeed any other professional with a youth justice query. 

The Resources section of our website includes valuable information on a range of key youth justice topics. Our legal guides and updates have been created to help practitioners achieve best practice when representing children in the criminal justice system.

Thank you so much for your response and advice with this matter. It can sometimes feel hopeless when trying to advocate for children during complex Court proceedings. It is the first time I have used your service and I’m so pleased to have reached out. Thank you for doing what you do and no doubt I will come back to you for further guidance if needed.

Youth Justice Service Officer, April 2021

To submit a query, please complete the below form with the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address
  • The young person's age and name (if you're making a query on behalf of a young person)
  • Your relationship with the young person (if you're making a query on behalf of a young person)
  • Your home borough/county
  • Your contact telephone
  • The contact telephone number for the young person (if you're making a query on behalf of a young person)
  • How you heard about us (for example: referred by a legal professional, online search, social media)
  • A summary of your query which provides as much detail as possible to help us understand what issue you're dealing with, including any important upcoming dates 

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While you are waiting for a response you may wish to consider whether you can find answers to your query in the Recently Asked Questions section of our website and the other legal resources available there.