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Reducing the criminalisation of looked after children at the police station

  • Date: 24 Sep 2019

  • Location: Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Howard League lawyers’ network and Just for Kids Law’s Youth Justice Legal Centre’s masterclass

Tuesday 24 September 2019, 6–8 pm

Hosted by:  Garden Court Chambers 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Please note:
This event is now fully booked.



  • Kate Aubrey-Johnson, Barrister and mediator, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
  • Miranda Bevan, London School of Economics
  • Laura Cooper, Co-Head of Youth Justice Legal Centre and Policy and Public Affairs Manager
  • Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, Howard League for Penal Reform
  • Claire Sands, Youth Justice Researcher

This seminar will include:

  • Launch of the Howard Leagues and Youth Justice Legal Centre’s  Representing looked-after Children at the police station: a step-by-step guide for lawyers
  • Understanding the issues leading to the overcriminalisation of children in residential care
  • The national protocol on reducing criminalisation of looked-after children
  • Understanding the rights and entitlements of looked after children
  • Representing looked after children at the police station and ensuring their rights are protected
  • Challenging decisions to impose formal out of court disposals and decisions to prosecute children who offend in residential care.


The venue is located in central London and easily accessible by public transport. The nearest Underground station is Holborn which is 2 minutes’ walk away. Map and full directions to Garden Court Chambers can be found at

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