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Legal work

We are the only frontline national legal team specialising in the legal rights and entitlements of children and young people in custody.

The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Our specialist legal team identifies the problems and injustice faced by children and young people in the criminal justice system. We work to provide legal solutions for individuals, as well as wider policy changes to prevent the problems reoccurring for other young people.

Advice line

Our free and confidential advice line is available on the “pin” of every person under the age of 21 in prison. We provide casework on a wide range of issues from parole, recall, criminal appeals, help with resettlement back into the community and treatment while in prison.

If we cannot help a young person, we will always try to find somebody who can.

Strategic cases

We also bring strategic cases, sometimes in our own name or through interventions, to help shape the law.

Participation

Our participation work helps us to draw out young people’s voices beyond the legal work.

Problems and examples of effective practice that we identify through our legal and participation work inform our work on areas such as solitary confinement.

Lawyers’ network group

Our lawyers’ network group provides a forum for professionals to discuss key legal penal reform issues. The group meets regularly to discuss and debate legal issues arising from our legal and policy work. The group is open to members of the legal profession and others who have an interest in penal reform.

Members can sign up to attend events and receive copies of our legal e-bulletin.

Download the latest bulletin: Legal News July 2016.

Download the summary of the lawyers’ network seminar: Sentencing children held on 16 June 2016 and Young People’s Voices presentation slides.

Case study

You can also learn how we help young people by watching, listening and reading about Danielle’s story.

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