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Bar Standards Board consultation on compulsory registration for youth advocates

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.

Details

The BSB has issued a consultation which includes a section on compulsory registration for barristers undertaking advocacy involving young people.

The BSB is planning to introduce compulsory registration in April 2018 for all ‘youth advocates’. Youth advocates are barristers working in proceedings involving young people. The BSB’s proposals follow on from the publication of the Youth Proceedings Competences in February 2017 and the review into the quality of advocacy in youth proceedings. Registration is intended to ensures all ‘youth advocates’ have the specialist skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to work with young people.

Consultation questions:
Q4. Do you foresee any practical challenges with introducing compulsory registration for Youth Court advocates? If you do, what are these?
Q5. Do you agree with the proposal to require barristers undertaking work in proceedings involving young people to register?
Q6. Do you agree that the registration should appear on the BSB Register?

The BSB’s consultation closes on 15 September 2017.

The BSB is seeking responses in writing, via email, over the phone and face-to-face. For more details contact Ruby Newton (rnewton@barstandardsboard.org.uk).

Read the BSB’s consultation – ‘New information and registration requirements for the Bar. Consultation on Rule Change’