Judge issues second ruling sharply criticising lack of suitable regulated placement for vulnerable 16-year-old woman with complex needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has sent a second judgment in less than a month – this time “more in exasperated hope than expectation” – to the Children’s Commissioner for England, the Secretary of State for Education, the Minister for Children and others over the lack of regulated accommodation for vulnerable children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2020

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MPs call for review of age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales – The Guardian

Posted November 12th, 2020 in children, criminal responsibility, minorities, news, young persons, youth courts by tracey

‘Conservative and Labour MPs have asked the government to consider raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 in England and Wales and to explain why a disproportionate number of children in custody are from a minority ethnic (BAME) background.’

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The Guardian, 12th November 2020

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Tens of thousands made homeless despite UK ban on evictions during pandemic – The Guardian

‘Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless since the start of the pandemic despite a ban on evictions, the Guardian has found, with charities warning that younger people are falling through the gaps.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2020

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Fourth High Court judge this year hits out at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable young person – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 27th, 2020 in children, detention, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A fourth High Court judge this year has sent a copy of their judgment to the Secretary of State for Education in a case concerning the lack of secure accommodation for a vulnerable young person.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th October 2020

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Crackdown on UK gambling ads expected to ban use of celebrities – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2020 in advertising, codes of practice, gambling, news, young persons by sally

‘The use of celebrities such as sports personalities and reality TV stars in betting and gambling ads is expected to be banned under new rules designed to crack down on marketing targeting under-18s.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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Banaz Mahmod murder: ‘What they did was unforgivable’ – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2020 in domestic violence, families, forced marriages, murder, news, young persons by sally

‘Banaz Mahmod was 20-years-old when she was murdered by her uncle and father after they said she had shamed their family.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2020

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‘She won’t be the last’: why not enough has changed since the murder of Banaz Mahmod – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2020 in domestic violence, families, forced marriages, murder, news, police, young persons by sally

‘In 2006, the 20-year-old was killed on the orders of family members. Ahead of an ITV drama on the case, her sister reflects on the police response.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2020

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Claimants vow to appeal after High Court dismisses challenge over “downgrading” during pandemic of rights of children with SEN – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge to the Education Secretary’s decisions to reduce the obligations on local authorities to make statutory educational and health care provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in England during the pandemic.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th August 2020

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BAME children three times more likely to have a Taser weapon used on them by police – The Guardian

‘Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are almost three times more likely to have a Taser electronic weapon used on them by police than their white counterparts.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2020

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Rise in care children being ‘deprived of liberty’ – BBC News

‘The number of children in care in England and Wales who have restrictions placed on their freedom has tripled in the last two years, BBC News has found.’

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BBC News, 6th August 2020

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Judicial Authorisation of Deprivation of Liberty – 39 Essex Chambers

‘With the delay to the introduction of the Liberty Protection Safeguards until April 2022, and unless the Mental Health Act 1983 is applicable, there is no administrative mechanism available to authorise the deprivation of liberty for a person with impaired decision-making capacity who is either (1) outside a hospital or care home; or (2) is in a hospital or care home or is aged 16 or 17. This means that, unless a court authorises the position, those people caring for the person have no legal “cover” for their actions, and (where relevant) the public body commissioning care or aware of the person’s circumstances will also be acting unlawfully.’

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39 Essex Chambers, July 2020

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Police in England and Wales ‘twice as likely’ to fine young BAME men during lockdown – The Guardian

‘Police were twice as likely to fine young black and Asian men under the lockdown rules than their white counterparts, according to new figures that underline concerns about racial bias in policing.’

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The Guardian, 27th July 2020

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Met carried out 22,000 searches on young black men during lockdown – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2020 in coronavirus, minorities, news, police, statistics, stop and search, young persons by sally

‘Young black men were stopped and searched by police more than 20,000 times in London during the coronavirus lockdown – the equivalent more than a quarter of all black 15- to 24-year-olds in the capital.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2020

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Youth justice: exposing a system that is failing our most vulnerable children – The Guardian

‘Children in the Dock was an investigation into the youth justice system in England and Wales that involved the Guardian’s Manchester team spending a month monitoring every case at Greater Manchester youth court. Among other things, they found that the proportion of BAME children in court had doubled in eight years, and revealed that youth cases now take 40% longer than in 2010.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2020

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Youth courts: are we still failing our most vulnerable? – Counsel

Posted May 19th, 2020 in children, courts, criminal justice, news, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘Have the 2013 reforms improved the youth justice experience at all or were they simply good intentions, poorly executed? A walkthrough of the key issues – and ideas for change – by Tori Adams and Kirsty Day.’

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Counsel, May 2020

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Protecting our young – ensuring our future – Counsel

Posted May 18th, 2020 in barristers, coronavirus, courts, health, health & safety, news, young persons by sally

‘Young barristers want to be in court but they do not want this at the expense of their health or the expense of their clients, writes Katherine Duncan.’

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Counsel, May 2020

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Arrested children may be given legal advice automatically – Legal Futures

‘The government is considering whether children in police stations should have to opt out of receiving legal advice, rather than opt in as now, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 4th May 2020

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Yousef Makki death: inquiry into Greater Manchester police dropped – The Guardian

‘A watchdog has dropped its misconduct investigation into Greater Manchester police’s handling of a case involving the death of a schoolboy in Cheshire.’

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The Guardian, 30th April 2020

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Tommy Robinson accused Syrian teen of attacking girl, judge finds – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2020 in defamation, internet, news, violence, young persons by sally

‘Online comments made by the far right activist Tommy Robinson about a Syrian teenager amounted to accusations that the young refugee had “participated in a violent assault on a young girl” and “threatened to stab another child”, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2020

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Vulnerable 16-17 years olds: Children Act, Court of Protection or Inherent Jurisdiction – Garden Court Chambers

‘In the following two cases, the High Court grappled with questions concerning the welfare of vulnerable older children who lack capacity and the cross-cutting jurisdictions of the Children Act, the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court, and the Court of Protection.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 20th February 2020

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