Tag: Child Criminal Exploitation
V.C.L and A.N v The United Kingdom: A positive step forward for victims of Modern Day Slavery
In this case the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that the UK had violated Article 4 (prohibition of forced labour) and Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights following the prosecution of two children who had been the victims of trafficking.
High Court case on admissibility of NRM evidence in CCE cases
The recently decided case of DPP v M establishes that a conclusive grounds decision (CGD) by the Senior Competent Authority (SCA) and the full minute of the decision (the ‘reasons’) are admissible in criminal proceedings.
Court of Appeal judgment- prosecuting victims of trafficking, abuse of process and Schedule 4 offences
It will not be an abuse of process for the CPS to prosecute a victim of trafficking, where the defence under section 45 Modern Slavery Act 2015 is not available, pursuant to schedule 4 of that act.
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 published a guide which provides practical steps that lawyers can take to reduce the criminalisation of looked-after children and ensure they receive the support and assistance they need.
Protocol on reducing the criminalisation of looked after children
The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department of Education have published a national protocol on reducing unnecessary criminalisation of looked after children and care leavers.
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.