Deprivation of Liberty Orders

01 February, 13.00 – 14.00 / Online via Zoom

1 Feb 2023 13:00 to 14:00

Find out more about what Deprivation of Liberty Orders (DoLs) for children are, how children are given DoLs, and where they are placed when on an order. Importantly, we will be discussing what youth justice professionals and criminal lawyers can do when they come across a child on a DoLs order.

When: 01 February 13.00 – 14.00

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: YJLC members: Free l Non-members £15


Peggy Ray – Partner, Goodman Ray Solicitors

Peggy specialises in complex cases concerning children. She acts for children, young people and parents involved in both complex cases between parents and in care proceedings. For many years Peggy has been involved in shaping policy and promoting the rights of children and young people. She was closely involved in the consultation process that preceded the Children Act 1989, being Chair of the Children Committee of the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution) at that time. She is frequently asked to contribute to policy consultations. She is currently involved in policy considerations concerning deprivation of liberty orders.

In 2001 Peggy was named UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer of the Year and in 2014 was awarded the John Cornwell Award for Outstanding contribution to family law. From 2007 to 2019 she sat as a Recorder in the Family Court.

Peggy co-founded Goodman Ray in 1985.

Alice Roe – Researcher, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

Alice Roe joined the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) as a Researcher in August 2020. She leads the FJO’s research on the deprivation of liberty of children, including the collection and publishing of data related to the newly launched Deprivation of Liberty court pilot (July 2022). Based at the Royal Courts of Justice, it deals with all new applications seeking authorisation to deprive children of their liberty under the inherent jurisdiction. Nuffield recently published a briefing highlighting high-level data trends from the national deprivation of liberty (DoLs) court during July to November 2022.

Alice is currently doing a PhD at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. She has a MSc in Psychological Sciences at UCL, where she worked with the Anna Freud Centre’s Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research Group to evaluate an intervention to reduce the impact of parental conflict on children. Prior to this she worked in health policy at Age UK and at the Economic and Social Research Council.

Nick Hobbs - Head of Advice and Investigations at Children & Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Nick is currently Head of Advice and Investigations at the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland. His role is to help fulfil the Commissioner's statutory function to promote and safeguard children's rights by using the office's legal powers to challenge rights breaches.

Before joining the Commissioner's team, he was Policy and Public Affairs Manager for the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration. His role was focused on enabling SCRA to influence and inform the national policy agenda for children and families in areas such as youth justice, child protection, children’s services planning and the reform of the Children's Hearings System.

Prior to joining SCRA, he worked for Holyrood Communications, researching and developing policy issue conferences on issues like freedom of information, Islamophobia, and international development. During that time, he also wrote regularly for Holyrood Magazine and edited a variety of supplements including 'FOI Quarterly' and the 'Environment Review'.

Nick was a member of the Board of Trustees at the Scottish Child Law Centre for 7 years (3 as Chair), and lectured on children's rights and the children's hearings system at the University of Edinburgh and at Edinburgh Napier University.

Shauneen Lambe - Director Impact Law for Social Justice and YJLC Founder (Chair)

Shauneen Lambe is a barrister in England and Wales and an attorney in the USA. Shauneen co-founded Youth Justice Legal Centre and Just for Kids Law. She is the former joint Chief Executive Officer of Just for Kids Law (2005-2018) and co-founder of Impact - Law for Social Justice, a consultancy that supports those considering using the law for social change. In 2022, Shauneen began co-ordinating the Child Law Network, a group of legal NGOs from across the UK, with the aim of it being a leading source of legal expertise and leadership in respect of the law as it relates to children and lawyers for children.

Prior to working in the UK, Shauneen worked at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center representing those facing the death penalty and helped Clive Stafford Smith set up his NGO - Reprieve. For her work, Shauneen has been awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship, and Ashoka Fellowship, a Shackleton Fellowship, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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