Despite our roots in the criminal justice system at JfK Law we recognise that a strong, supportive and positive educational environment can assist the most vulnerable young people in our society.
The Home Office identifies poor school attainment as a leading cause of youth crime. A recent Mori youth survey suggests that excluded young people are committing twice as many crimes as their peers in mainstream education. A survey of young people in young offender institutions found that 83 per cent of boys had been excluded and 41 per cent of boys and girls were aged 14 or younger when they were last in school.
Many young people offend because their lives are chaotic, dysfunctional, and they feel a deep sense of detachment. Structured education can offer an embracing and promising base that may divert them from the criminal justice system. The vast majority of young people we see in the criminal justice system have been excluded from mainstream school and are receiving little or, in some cases, no education at all.
JfK Law’s Education Programme aims to advocate on behalf of individual children who, for whatever reason, are struggling with their education.
We recognise the problems associated with school exclusions, and offer advice and representation to students who are facing exclusion. We will attempt to ensure the child is receiving the appropriate educational support in the classroom with consideration of any special needs. We aim to work with the institutions and boroughs to resolve these difficulties by mediating, assisting and, if necessary, challenging parties to prove their commitment to these young people. Where necessary, many of our education cases become judicial review proceedings which are conducted by our Education and Community Care Solicitor in conjunction with Lawrence & Co Solicitors.
The National Autistic Society nominated us as specialists representing children on the Autism spectrum.
For examples of the work that our programme undertakes, please click here.
If you would like to refer a young person to any of our programmes please contact us directly.