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.

Through training we share knowledge and circulate innovation to ensure improved outcomes and experiences for children in the criminal justice system.

Delivered in-person by expert youth justice lawyers in collaboration with young people with experience of the criminal justice system, our foundation training is an essential course for all lawyers who will be representing children in the youth court and the Crown Court.

Solicitors are required to make an annual declaration to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as to their continued competence. The SRA encourage those practising in the youth court to regularly reflect on the quality of their practice and undertake regular learning and development so their skills and knowledge remain up to date. In 2021 the SRA audited several firms and are in the process of developing formal competences. Our unique training gives you access to unparalleled expertise and the unusual opportunity to get honest feedback directly from young people with relevant experience.

The training will provide you with:

  • Practical guidance on how to best represent children in the criminal justice system
  • An opportunity to hear from and work with young people who have been through the system
  • An understanding of the key topics lawyers representing children in the criminal courts need to be up-to-date with.

Our training helps solicitors meet their regulatory requirements. Improve your knowledge and skills and join a growing community of the most competent youth justice practitioners.

Solicitors who have undertaken our foundation training and access a minimum of 4 hours of our online seminars annually can apply for the YJLC quality mark. The quality mark can be displayed in professional profiles and email footers. This is a simple way to show clients and colleagues that you have undergone specialist youth justice training.

Our next 1 day foundation course is on 04 February 2023 - book here

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.

We offer training on:

  • 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