Representing a child in contact with the law is one of the most important and potentially life changing tasks a lawyer can do. It is also one of the most difficult.
This short evening course, followed by drinks, will form two halves.
The first will deal with key legal provisions. The second, with input from an experienced adolescent forensic psychologist, will equip practitioners to make sure the law factors in the challenges children face.
• Dr Louise Bowers, Forensic Psychologist
• Emma Heath, Barrister, 9 Bedford Row
• Caroline Liggins, Solicitor, Hodge Jones and Allen
• Justin Johnson, Pupil Barrister, 9 Bedford Row
• Laura O'Brien, Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen
• Brian Richards, Barrister, Nexus Chambers
• Marie Spenwyn, Barrister, Libertas chambers
• Mel Stooks, Solicitor, G T Stewart
• Ife Thompson, Pupil Barrister, 1MCB Chambers
This event is free but as it is in person, places are limited. Please book now to avoid disappointment.
Session 1: Key legal provisions and updates
The law governing youth justice is complex. This session will be delivered by experienced youth justice practitioners who will present key legal provisions and updates affecting children in conflict with the law including:
• Remand and sentence
• Diversion and non-criminalisation
• Modern slavery
Session 2: Understanding the challenges children face
Children facing criminal charges have often experienced huge challenges, especially since Covid. This session will support practitioners to understand and make sure the law takes account of the needs of children who have experienced:
• Difficulties with social media
• Acute anxiety
• Incel behaviour/social isolation
• Systemic racism