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.

 

New SCYJ report on the childhood criminal records system

SCYJ has published a new report on the childhood criminal records system in England and Wales. Growing Up, Moving On, documents compelling evidence that the childhood criminal record system inhibits access to education, employment and housing, and so works against rehabilitation and the aims of the youth justice system. It calls for reform of the system.