SCYJ submission to Bar Standards Board consultation: New Information and Registration Requirements for the Bar

SCYJ has made a submission to the Bar Standards Board’s New Information and Registration Requirements for the Bar – Consultation on Rule Change.

We support the BSB proposal to require barristers undertaking work in proceedings involving children to register. However, registration alone will do nothing to improve standards of advocacy in youth justice. To improve standards of advocacy, we strongly believe that the BSB should introduce the mandatory training recommended by various high-profile reviews alongside registration, and include modules on youth justice, vulnerability and communication in standard academic training prior to practice.

You can read our submission here.


‘Child Friendly Youth Justice?’ Conference – Monday 25th September

Join us on Monday 25th September for a one-day youth justice conference bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers to discuss the latest research, practice and policy thinking concerning child friendly youth justice.

Click here to view our full agenda, and click here to read the session abstracts from our expert presenters.

The conference is presented by youth justice experts the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ), the National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ), and the Centre for Community Gender and Social Justice at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.

We have unmissable keynote speakers lined up, including Charlie Taylor, Chair of the Youth Justice Board and author of the government-commissioned Taylor Review of the youth justice system; and academics specialising in youth justice including Professor Lesley McAra, Co-Director of the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, and Professor Jo Pheonix, Chair in Criminology at the Open University.

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SCYJ briefing: Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill 2017

Ahead of the Second Reading of Lord Dholakia’s Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill on Friday 8th September, SCYJ has published a briefing supporting the proposals. The Bill would raise the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales to 12 years old. It is currently 10. SCYJ’s briefing sets out the arguments for raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility and is available here.