We support lawyers to improve their knowledge and skills to get the very best outcomes when representing children in the criminal justice system. To do this we:
- Offer bespoke training courses covering a key youth justice topics tailored to both barristers and solicitors.
- Deliver regular webinars on cutting edge and changing areas of law, with easy-to-use legal guides
- Supply comprehensive, considered, up-to-date legal knowledge and resources for youth justice professionals
- Work to raise the standard of best practice
- Scope the international landscape for innovation in working with children in the criminal justice system
- Promote a child rights agenda
As a YJLC member you will receive:
- Reduced cost bespoke training days for your law firm or chambers (members rate = £1500 per day for up to 20 delegates. The non-member rate is £2500).
- Profile visibility on the YJLC.uk members directory
- An annual YJLC quality mark for lawyers who have undertaken the core foundation training course and access 4 online seminars per year
- Priority access to our advice line staffed by youth justice lawyers, to answer questions, give information and offer ongoing support with individual cases.
- Bi-monthly newsletter with legal updates on new caselaw and legislation.
- Reduced ticket price for our annual foundation youth justice training event (member rate = £100 per person per day. The non-member rate is £200).
- Free access to a series of live expert webinars on key youth justice topics across the year (The non-member rate is £60 per person).
Annual membership rates
- Small organisation (under 20 people)
- Larger organisation (20+ people)
- Individual Concession
The Bar Standards Board requires barristers working in the youth court and those who intend to do so in the next 12 months to register with the BSB and declare that they have the specialist skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to work effectively with vulnerable children and young people, which are set out by the BSB in the Youth Proceedings competences and guidance. YJLC’s training helps barristers gain the relevant competencies enabling them to make the requisite declaration.
Solicitors are required to make an annual declaration to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as to their continued competence. The SRA’s position is that those practising in the youth court have a responsibility to regularly reflect on the quality of their practice and undertake regular learning and development so their skills and knowledge remain up to date. YJLC’s training helps solicitors stay up to date with an ever evolving youth justice system.
Lawyers who undertake our 1 day foundation training and access 4 of our online seminars annually will be eligible for the youth justice specialist lawyer quality mark. This quality mark which can be displayed in an email signature etc is renewable on an annual basis and the profiles of lawyers who have undertaken this training will be visible on our directory of quality marked youth justice specialst lawyers.
Read about our training here