Legal Updates

March 21 2018

Howard League Toolkit for sentencing children

Children and sentencing: A guide for adults supporting children facing sentence in the criminal courts in England and Wales Following workshops with 80 children who have been through the criminal courts, the Howard League for Penal Reform have published a toolkit for adults working with or supporting children through the sentencing process. Details The guide […]

March 16 2018

High Court rules childhood criminal records disclosure scheme unlawful (again)

The claimants, victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) with childhood convictions relating to prostitution, successfully challenged the legality of the criminal record disclosure schemes. The High Court affirmed earlier judgments that the current criminal record disclosure schemes are arbitrary and indiscriminate and there is an inadequate assessment of present risk in a particular employment and are unlawful.

February 28 2018

Equal Treatment Bench Book 2018: new edition launched

Equal Treatment Bench Book, Judicial College, February 2018 The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated and expanded by the Judicial College who state that ‘true equal treatment may not always mean treating everyone in the same way’. Chapter 2 relates to children, young people and vulnerable adults. Details Practitioners representing children in the criminal […]

January 25 2018

Significantly lower rates of reoffending for children diverted at the police station

  Proven Reoffending Statistics Quarterly Bulletin, MoJ & National Statistics, January 2016 to March 2016   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 ncluding Triage and Community Resolution. Details Some […]

January 23 2018

Anonymity for child defendants who are the victims of trafficking

This case is the most recent in an increasingly long line of authorities considering the UK’s international obligations to victims of trafficking who are forced to commit crimes integral to their trafficked status. The obligations derive from the Council of European Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 2005, and from the EU Directive 2011/36 on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, and are now reflected in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

January 22 2018

ACPO Gravity Matrix

Offence seriousness can be determined by reference to the ACPO Gravity Matrix. The ACPO gravity matrix provides the most offences with a score of 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on their seriousness. The score may be raised or lowered by one level according to aggravating and mitigating factors which are set out in the […]