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Legal Education Resources

We create legal education resources informed by our legal casework and our participation work. The resources are designed to provide high quality information to young people and adults supporting them to empower them to understand and use the law effectively.

Making Black lives matter in the criminal justice system. A guide for antiracist lawyers

We worked with Black Protest Legal Support and an expert advisory group to develop a practical guide for antiracist lawyers. The guide is designed to support lawyers to be antiracist at each phase of a client’s journey through the system, from the police station to after sentencing.

Your rights during Covid-19

Lots of young people in custody have called our advice line since the Coronavirus lockdown began.

Many say that they are stressed and worried. We have produced a new leaflet to help them and reassure them that their rights have not disappeared.

Children and Sentencing

We worked with young people to develop three resources to ensure better outcomes for children facing sentence in the criminal courts:

  1. A child friendly leaflet and poster
  2. A comprehensive guide for adults supporting children
  3. A mobile App for children, available both on Android devices and iOS.

Young adults and sentencing

There is a growing recognition that young adults in the criminal justice system have distinct needs and characteristics.

Our research report outlines how the courts already use the concept of maturity to achieve more appropriate outcomes for young adults facing sentence in the criminal courts.

Judging Maturity

Our report on the need for sentencing principles for young adults outlines the developments in this important area.

Sentencing Young Adults

The latest publication sets out key sentencing principles to help judges and magistrates to achieve better sentences for young adults.

Sentencing Principles for Young Adults

Children’s rights in custody

  • Our leaflet, developed in partnership with Barnardo’s and with children in detention, provides information for children on their legal rights in custody.
  • Our poster on legal rights in custody.


The Howard League has helped hundreds of children to secure accommodation and support on release from custody and brought many legal cases that have improved the law in this area.  This comprehensive legal guide sets out the key legal duties owed to children in custody.

Resettlement Guide

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