Child Spies being used to gather intelligence on county lines gangs
The legal basis for the use of child spies can be found in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000, which allows authorised bodies including the police, the secret services and local authorities to gather information from individuals who act as Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHISes).
A note on the age of criminal responsibility
Age of Criminal Responsibility, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), June 2018 The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology have published a note which considers whether the current age of criminal responsibility is appropriate by exploring international legal standards, scientific research on mental and moral development and alternative approaches to dealing with children in conflict […]
Statutory defence for child victims of trafficking and slavery – section 45 Modern Slavery Act 2015
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 provides a statutory defence for victims of child trafficking and slavery accused of certain offences.
Landmark South African children’s rights ruling
Raduvha v Minister of Safety and Security and Another  ZACC 24 The Constitutional Court of South Africa has confirmed that the ‘best interest' principle, enshrined in Article 3 of the UNCRC and incorporated into South African domestic legislation, is to be paramount when police are considering arresting and detaining a child.
UNCRC report raises concerns for children in the criminal justice system
The UN Committee on the Rights of a Child have issued their concluding observations on children’s rights in the UK. The report raises serious concerns at the state of children’s rights in the UK and encourages it to bring its domestic legislation in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child.
ECHR rights must be interpreted in ‘harmony’ with international human rights law
The government had breached their obligation to treat children’s best interests as a primary consideration under Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Supreme Court confirmed that European convention rights must be interpreted in ‘harmony’ with international human rights law.