Training for Solicitors

YJLC's training has been developed in partnership with the Law Society and is an essential course for all solicitors who will representing children in criminal proceedings. The course recognises that the criminal law relating to children is complex; there are different rights, protections, procedures and sentences for children compared to adults. Solicitors are also likely to be representing children with communication difficulties and other complex needs.

This is an interactive course delivered by leading youth justice practitioners . All courses involve the participation of young people with experience of the criminal justice system.

The course includes exercises and role-plays to develop participants’ engagement and communication skills with children and young people. The course will involve break-out sessions tailored to the experience of participants and established practitioners will have the opportunity to address more complex issues arising in youth justice cases.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s position is that ‘you have a responsibility to deliver a high standard of service to all your clients including young people and children. If you are practising in the youth court, it is important that you regularly reflect on the quality of your practice and undertake regular learning and development so your skills and knowledge remain up to date.

This was an incredibly high-quality training, really impressive and useful, and I really appreciate the care and thought put into developing such effective and practical training.

This training session covers:

  • How to communicate and engage effectively with children
  • Key youth justice principles and an overview of the youth justice system
  • Youth-specific criminal law including out of court disposals, bail and remand, jurisdiction issues, adaptations to the trial process
  • The importance of the background and needs of the child
  • Specific protections for looked after children and victims of trafficking
  • How to identify and address effective participation and fitness to plead issues
  • The sentencing framework relating to children
  • Legal duties owed to children by the courts and other local authorities