Youth Justice Law in England and Wales

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YJLC Award Winning News

November 22, 2017

The Youth Justice Legal Centre has been recognised for its innovative and ground breaking work in improving the justice system for children and young people.

Home Office publishes Concordat on Children in Custody

October 30, 2017

The Home Office has published a concordat on children in custody, preventing the detention of children in police stations following charge. The concordat aims to clarify the legal and statutory duties of the police and local authorities. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 requires the transfer of children who have been charged and denied bail to more appropriate Local Authority accommodation, with a related duty in the Children Act 1989 for Local Authorities to accept these transfers.

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Bail

Information about bail for children

Children at court

Children in youth and adult criminal courts.

Children at the police station

Rights of children who have been arrested and detained.

Criminal records

What will a child need to tell their employer?

Effective participation & fitness to plead

Children and criminal proceedings.

International children's rights law

Legislation to ensure children receive fair treatment.

Special circumstances

Communication disorders and special educational needs.

Youth sentencing

Treatment and sentencing of children.

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