We have produced a series of legal guides to help you navigate the different regimes, rules and principles in various youth justice areas. The guides encourage best practice when representing children in the criminal justice system.
YJLC Guide to Trauma Informed Lawyering
This guide will assist criminal practitioners to develop a trauma informed practice when representing children in the criminal justice system.
YJLC Legal Guide to Criminal Behaviour Orders
This guide will assist criminal practitioners representing children who are subject to an application for a CBO and will provide guidance on what to do at all key stages of the case.
YJLC Legal Guide to Child Criminal Exploitation
This guide will assist criminal practitioners representing children who have been exploited and are charged with offences arising out of that exploitation.
YJLC Legal Guide to Intermediaries for Child Defendants
This guide is to assist practitioners in identifying when an intermediary may be necessary and in navigating the relevant legal resources and caselaw in order to apply for one.
YJLC Legal Guide to Turning 18
This guide will help practitioners navigate the different rules, regimes and principles that apply to those who are turning 18 in the criminal justice system.
YJLC Guide to Section 38 PACE Beds
Youth Justice Legal Centre guide to section 38 PACE and an overview of the police and local authority duties to transfer children detained in police cells post charge to local authority accommodation.
YJLC Guide to Anonymity
YJLC have published this useful step by step guide for lawyers dealing with issues relating to anonymity when representing children and young people.
YJLC Guide to Avoiding Criminalisation of Children in Sexting Cases
The Youth Justice Legal Centre has produced a guide on the offences children may be committing when they share naked images on social media and apps.
Representing looked after children at the police station – a guide for lawyers
The Youth Justice Legal Centre and The Howard League for Penal Reform have worked together to produce this guide which provides practical steps to reduce the criminalisation of looked-after children.
A briefing on turning 18 in the criminal justice system
This briefing analyses the inequities that arise for children who turn 18 between offence and prosecution and makes proposals for policy and practice reform.
Children’s rights and policing: Spit-hoods and children’s rights
This briefing gives an overview of children’s rights and the use of spit-hoods by the police.
Children’s rights and policing: Tasers and children’s rights
This briefing gives an overview of children’s rights and the use of Tasers by the police.