Youth Justice Advocacy Training – For Solictors

About the event

For solicitors (all levels)

This training has been developed in partnership with the Law Society and is an essential course for all solicitors who will be appearing in the youth court.

The course recognises that the criminal law relating to children is complex; there are different rights, protections, laws and sentences for children compared to adults. Solicitors are also likely to be representing children with communication difficulties and other complex needs.

This is an interactive course delivered by leading youth justice practitioners Kate Aubrey-Johnson, Shauneen Lambe, Aika Stephenson, Jennifer Twite, Laura Cooper and Katya Moran. All courses involve the participation of young people with experience of the criminal justice system.

The course includes exercises and role plays to develop participants’ engagement and communication skills with children and young people. The course will involve break out sessions tailored to the experience of participants and established practitioners will have the opportunity to address more complex issues arising in youth justice cases.

What you will learn:

  • How to communicate and engage effectively with children
  • Key youth justice principles and an overview of the youth justice system
  • Youth-specific criminal law including out of court disposals, bail and remand, jurisdiction issues, adaptations to the trial process
  • The importance of the background and needs of the child
  • Specific protections for looked after children and victims of trafficking
  • How to identify and address effective participation and fitness to plead issues
  • The role of Youth Offending Teams and the Youth Justice Board
  • The sentencing framework relating to children
  • Legal duties owed to children and other local organisations
  • Effective billing of youth court cases

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