The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) for all practitioners working with children, including those working in a youth justice setting. It contains information on how to identify and support victims of CSE including in a criminal justice context.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has recently published a second report on the drug distribution model known as ‘county lines’ (County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation & Drug Supply 2016 (November 2016)). Gangs recruit vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs. The report identifies the exposure to harm children may face from these gangs and encourages authorities to safeguard rather than prosecute affected children.
By Ita Farrelly, Partner, Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLP
The 10 Point Checklist is a key tool in ensuring decisions to prosecute Looked After Children who offend in children’s homes are properly considered, Ita Farrelly shares her experience that lack of awareness of this guidance means Looked After Children are being unnecessarily prosecuted.
The High Court confirmed that it was rare for a case challenging the decision to prosecute to succeed. However this is a useful case in reviewing the case law in this area, and confirming that the courts will take a different approach when the claimant is a child.
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