Video highlights from the Youth Justice Legal Centre Summit 2021

The Youth Justice Legal Centre Summit 2021: Bias. Discrimination. Fear. delved into five areas where children in the criminal justice system experience discrimination: Girls, Race, Class, Kids (age), and Fear. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors we were able to offer free tickets to all and were delighted to have reached 1,890 views by the end of the day!

During the Youth Justice Legal Centre Summit 2021, we heard from a diverse panel of leading experts from around the globe including The Rt Hon The Baroness Hale of Richmond, Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Professor Emerita Geraldine Van Bueren QC, Professor Ann Skelton, Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, and Dave Merritt. Check out what you might have missed from the five panel sessions we hosted on the day.

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This session on Girls examined the experience of girls in a criminal justice system that may have been designed with boys in mind. We looked at what the problems are, what is missing and how can practitioners put forward different arguments to support girls who find themselves in the criminal justice system.

In this session on Race, we discussed how together we can develop tools that highlight and undermine racist practices within the youth justice system.

Children who come from less affluent backgrounds are overrepresented in the youth justice system. In this session on Class, we looked at how practitioners can shine a light on and fight to address this discrimination.

The child – a person under the age of eighteen – has a special status in law. However, in this session on Kids, we looked at how the justice system uses its power to criminalise this protected class of people.

In this session on Fear, we examined how fear of people who are different can lead to bias and discrimination and discussed how we can create greater understanding and bring more compassion into the youth justice system.