The Standing Committee for Youth Justice, alongside the National Association of Youth Justice, have responded to the latest Ministry of Justice consultation on the proposed changes to Legal Aid. Read here.
The Standing Committee for Youth Justice has produced a briefing for the Second Reading of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill in the House of Lords. The briefing outlines our concerns on certain aspects of the Bill, namely: the broad definition of anti-social behaviour; the low standard of proof necessary to secure an injunction, the lack of anonymity for children going through injunction proceedings or receiving an injunction; the need for all under-18s receiving an injunction to have a full health and welfare assessment; the use of custody as a sanction for breaching an injunction and the need for judges to have disgression when looking at eviction proceedings. Read the briefing here.
As part of it’s scrutiny of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill the Joint Committee on Human Rights asked organisations and individuals to submit evidence detailing their concerns about the ASBCP Bill. The Standing Committee answered the call for evidence with a detailed review of how the proposals as they stand currently do not conform with the government’s obligations to children under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read our submission here.