Boy stopped and search by the police

Youth Justice Summit 2018: Children and the Police

Time: Friday 11th May 2018 9:30am – 4:30pm
Location: Allen & Overy, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD
Refreshments: Working lunch, tea and coffee
CPD 5.5 hours
Cost £225 (barrister/solicitor/academic), £175 (voluntary sector organisation, lawyer under 7 yrs PQE), £75 (pupil/trainee/student/volunteer)
Sponsors Powell Spencer & Partners, GT Stewart, Imran Khan and Partners, Mischcon de Reya, Hodge Jones & Allen, Kingsley Knapley LLP, Criminal Bar Association, Garden Court Chambers, Allen & Overy, Solicitors Regulation Authority and Inns of Court College of Advocacy.

About the event

The Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC) hosted the second Youth Justice Summit on 11 May 2018. The Youth Justice Summit brought together experts in youth justice to share knowledge and expertise on youth justice legal issues. We are building a community of specialist youth justice lawyers to ensure children who come into contact with the criminal justice system are represented by lawyers who have specialist knowledge of youth justice law.

YJLC believes children deserve to be represented by lawyers with expertise in youth justice law.


  • Charlie Taylor, Chair of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales
  • David Lammy MP, author of the Lammy Review: An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System
  • Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney  National Chief Police Council’s Lead for Children and Young People
  • Keir Starmer MP
  • Joshua Virasami, Black Lives Matter
  • Panel discussion: Stop & Search
  • Workshops: Stop & search; Police interviews with children; The role of the appropriate adult; Strip search & Article 8; Section 38 beds; Child trafficking, Modern slavery & County lines, Civil actions against the police, Sexting & Criminal records
  • Presentation of YJLC Youth Justice Champion Award

Who attended?

  • Barristers, solicitors, legal executives and accredited police station representatives
  • Judges, magistrates, legal advisers and prosecutors
  • Youth offending teams, academics and professionals who work with children and young people in the criminal justice system

Director of the YJLC and barrister Kate Aubrey-Johnson says:

‘Lawyers specialising in youth justice work rarely get the recognition they deserve. We hope the Youth Justice Summit will start to change that. Most young defendants are acutely vulnerable, with communication and other difficulties. An expert lawyer can make the world of difference to the outcome of a case and a child’s future prospects. This event will allow practitioners to share their expertise and knowledge, and be part of a movement towards raising standards in youth justice work. We think every child deserves the best possible legal representation.’

Keynote Speakers

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Charlie Taylor Chair of the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales
Image of David Lammy MP
David Lammy MP Author of the Lammy Review: An independent review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System
Image of Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney
Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney National Police Chiefs' Council’s Lead for Children and Young People
Image of Keir Starmer MP
Keir Starmer MP Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras. Shadow Secretary of State for Brexit. Human Rights Lawyer. Former Director of Public Prosecutions
Image of Joshua Virasami
Joshua Virasami Black Lives Matter
Image of Kate Aubrey-Johnson
Kate Aubrey-Johnson Director, Youth Justice Legal Centre

Workshops and panel discussions

Morning workshops

Child Deaths following contact with the Police – Rebecca Roberts (Inquest), Gemma Vine (Solicitor, Minton Morrill) & Shauneen Lambe (Barrister & co-founder Just for Kids Law).

Overnight detention at the police station: making s.38 work in practice   tbc, Aika Stephenson (Solicitor, Just for Kids Law), Alex Temple (Trainee solicitor, Just for Kids Law).

Reducing the Criminalisation of Children in Care – Claire Sands (Consultant youth justice researcher) & Laura Janes (Legal director, Howard League for Penal Reform), Laura Cooper (Solicitor, Just for Kids Law).

Children in Police Custody: can Article 8 ECHR protect them? – Katie Kempen (Chief Exec, Independent Custody Visiting Association), Maya Sikand (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers), Angela Patrick (Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers) & Mel Stooks (Solicitor, GT Stewart).

Panel Discussion

Stop and Search – Ben Bradford (Professor, UCL), Katherine Copperthwaite (Criminal Justice Alliance), Katrina Ffrench (Stopwatch & Joshua Virasami (Black Lives Matter). Chaired by Shauneen Lambe.

Afternoon workshops

Police Interviews with Children –  Chris Bath (National Appropriate Adult Network), Aika Stephenson (Solicitor, Just for Kids Law), Miranda Bevan (PhD student in the Department of Social Policy at LSE) & Tom Wainwright (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers).

Sexting and Criminal Records – Alex Temple (Trainee solicitor, Just for Kids Law),  Chris Stacey (Director, Unlock), Caroline Adams (Staff Officer for Children & Young Persons Portfolio, National Police Chiefs’ Council) & Sandra Paul (Solicitor, Kingsley Napley LLP).

Trafficked children and County Lines – Philippa Southwell (Solicitor advocate, Birds solicitors), Claire Sands (Consultant youth justice researcher), Stewart MacLachlan (Legal and Policy Officer, Coram), Michelle Brewer (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers).

Civil Actions against the Police for Youth Justice Lawyers – Greg Stewart (Solicitor, GT Stewart), Laura Profumo (Barrister, Garden Court Chambers) & Stefano Ruis (Hickman & Rose).

What others are saying

‘When I came to the Summit I felt part of a fraternity, it gave me a sense of belonging to a really important movement, which was great when often this job can be frustrating and demoralising’ Attendee, 2017
'I just wanted to say that I thought today was brilliant. It was informative, thought provoking and such a diverse range of speakers. This is by far the most interesting and rewarding work I am doing.’ Attendee, 2017
‘I have no concept of what it must have taken to pull it all together and to attract such distinguished speakers (and I don't include myself in this ! ) . It ran seamlessly and I have no doubt that everyone who attended both enjoyed it and learnt a great deal. I certainly did both.’ Speaker, 2017

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