Our highly regarded courses cover all major aspects of the youth justice system and are suitable for anyone interested in youth justice. Our training is delivered by a specialist team of leading youth justice lawyers, together with interactive workshops with former young clients.

All advocates representing children in the criminal justice system should have undergone specialist training. In July 2017, the Lord Chief Justice observed that

“[I]t would be difficult to conceive of an advocate being competent to act in a case involving young witnesses or defendants unless the advocate had undertaken specific training.” 1

Our training programme

YJLC has developed a specialist foundation programme of youth justice training for legal executives, solicitors and barristers.

Register your interest in our Youth Justice Advocacy Training 2018.

We also train youth justice professionals including Youth Offending Teams about youth justice law. For more details please email info@yjlc.uk.

Youth Justice Summit

We will be holding the next YJLC Youth Justice Summit on 11 May 2018. Click here to register your interest.

YJLC hosted the first ever Youth Justice Summit in 2017, you can read all about it here.

What people say

Some feedback we have received:

‘The best bit of the course for me was the interaction and feedback from young clients combined with clear guidance on the law. I am now more aware of the provisions in relation to young people and I feel now that even though I don’t know all the answers, I now know where to look.’ Pupil barrister

‘Just for Kids Law inspired me to try to make a difference and affirmed my belief that children deserve the best legal representation possible.  Through attending their training, I now feel able to provide quality representation to children with the requisite high standards of care, knowledge and passion.’ 

Ita Farrelly, Taylor Haldane Barlex LLP

  • Over 95% said that they would change at least one element of their practice as a result of the course;
  • 90% of delegates said they would recommend the course to colleagues;
  • 82% of respondents said they still think about the training or refer to their notes;
  • 89% of respondents said the training was useful to them.

Bespoke Training Courses

We are able to develop training courses on youth justice law for all practitioners. We can tailor packages to cover specific areas for lawyers and other professionals who want more in-depth training in a specific area.  Please email info@yjlc.uk  for details.

The topics covered in our training include:

  • Overview of the youth justice system
  • Principles of the Youth Justice System (incl. UNCRC & international law)
  • Children at the police station & out of court disposals
  • Law and practice: Children in the youth court
  • Law and practice: Children in adult courts
  • Youth Offending Teams & Sentencing
  • Effective communication: Importance of Background
  • Capacity in criminal proceedings: effective participation & fitness to plead
  • Role Plays with youth justice trainers
  • Q&A with Former Clients
  • Case Studies

 

  1. In the Court of Appeal case of R v Grant-Murray and Henry; R v McGill, Hewitt and Hewitt [2017] EWCA 1228 the Lord Chief Justice commented that “it would be difficult to conceive of an advocate being competent to act in a case involving young witnesses or defendants unless the advocate had undertaken specific training.” (at paragraph 226)   (back)