CPS launches Defendants strategy with pledge to focus on mental health, youth justice and disproportionality – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A commitment to fairness for all parties is at the heart of a new Defendants Strategy, launched today by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th July 2022

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Robyn Skilton: Neglect contributed to Sussex teen’s death, coroner rules – BBC News

‘A coroner plans to write to the government about mental health services for young people after ruling a girl’s death was contributed to by neglect.’

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BBC News, 28th June 2022

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British Gymnastics braces for publication of damning report on abuse – The Guardian

‘British Gymnastics is bracing itself for a damning 300-page report into its abuse scandal. The document is expected to strongly criticise the governing body’s previous leadership when it is published on Thursday afternoon.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2022

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Legal smoking age in England could be raised to 21 – report – The Guardian

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in age of consent, government departments, health, news, smoking, young persons by sally

‘The legal smoking age in England could reportedly be raised from 18 to 21 after a “radical” review into plans to make the country smoke-free by 2030.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2022

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Billy Henham: Brighton New Year’s Eve party murderers jailed – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in bereavement, families, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing, young persons by sally

‘Four men have been sentenced to a total of 86 years for murdering a “kind and peaceful” man at a New Year’s Eve party in Brighton.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2022

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Family of teenager stabbed to death gets judicial review into inquest findings – The Independent

‘The family of a teenager stabbed to death in an upmarket Cheshire village has won the right to have a judicial review into his inquest findings.’

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The Independent, 18th May 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

New law raises minimum marriage age to 18 in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2022 in age of consent, children, civil partnerships, marriage, news, young persons by sally

‘The legal age of marriage and civil partnerships has been raised to 18 in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2022

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Man, 24, admits murder of Plymouth teenager Bobbi-Anne McLeod – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2022 in guilty pleas, murder, news, young persons by sally

‘A 24-year-old rock musician has admitted murdering 18-year-old Bobbi-Anne McLeod, who disappeared from a bus stop in Devon in November last year.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2022

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Manchester Arena attack: Mum wants right to register son’s death – BBC News

‘The mother of a teenager murdered in the Manchester Arena bombing is campaigning for the right to register the death of her child. Caroline Curry, whose 19-year-old son Liam died, urged the home secretary to “look in her heart” and change the law. Current legislation prevents family members from registering the deaths of loved ones who are the focus of inquests or public inquiries.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2022

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Lancaster mum wins legal fight for son’s kidney transplant – BBC News

‘A mother has won a legal battle to ensure her teenage son has the right to a potentially life-saving transplant.’

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BBC News, 8th March 2022

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Research Briefing: Special Educational Needs: support in England – House of Commons Library

‘This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN).’

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House of Commons Library , 1st March 2022

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Government unlawfully denying care to vulnerable teenagers, say lawyers – The Independent

Posted February 8th, 2022 in age discrimination, care orders, government departments, news, young persons by sally

‘High Court to hear that ministers have irrationally discriminated against 16- and 17-year-olds in care by not including them in new legislation designed to protect looked-after children.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2022

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Age assessment and the Kent Intake Unit social worker guidance – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has ruled that the Home Office acted unlawfully in detaining unaccompanied young people for age assessments at a port in Kent. Shu Shin Luh and Antonia Benfield explain why.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th January 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

One in six young barristers want to quit, regulator suggests – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 27th, 2022 in barristers, news, reports, working time, young persons by sally

‘One in six young barristers say they want to leave the bar over unmanageable or unpredictable working hours, according to a study by the Bar Council.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th January 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Migrants win High Court unlawful age assessment challenge – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2022 in asylum, children, government departments, immigration, news, refugees, young persons by sally

‘Two migrants have won a High Court battle after complaining about how their ages were assessed when they arrived in the UK.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2022

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Home Office age assessment policy for asylum seekers is unlawful, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The Home Office’s process for age assessing young asylum seekers when they arrive in the UK has been ruled unlawful by the High Court.’

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The Independent, 19th January 2022

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Law on sale of knives to under-18s to be tightened – The Independent

Posted January 18th, 2022 in crime prevention, hazardous substances, news, offensive weapons, young persons by tracey

‘Measures making it harder for young people to buy knives and corrosive products, including online, have been set out by the government in its latest effort to tackle youth violence.’

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The Independent, 18th January 2022

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Failure to prosecute over boy’s drowning in Welsh river ‘irrational’, court told – The Guardian

‘The decision not to prosecute a teenager accused of pushing a 13-year-old boy into a river was legally flawed and unreasonable or irrational, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2022

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Nationality and Borders Bill: many of the proposals will negatively affect children, not just those concerning them directly – EIN Blog

‘Hadia (22), Mubin (16), and Hasti (7) along with their mother Khazal were among the 27 people who died in the Channel in November 2021, trying to reach the UK. Other children and young people like them have attempted the dangerous crossing or have made it across the Channel, though we don’t know how many. While not the majority, children do make up a significant proportion of the asylum-seeking population. Between 2010 and 2020, 86,533 children claimed asylum in the UK, while children made up almost a quarter (23%) of UK asylum applicants and dependents during that time. Most (62,321) claimed asylum with their families, making up 17% of asylum seekers overall. The remaining 6% claimed asylum on their own as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.’

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EIN Blog, 7th January 2022

Source: www.ein.org.uk