Youth crime and justice

16 July 2018

Revised PACE Codes of Practice coming into force

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes C, E, F and H) Order 2018 changes will bring the codes in line with changes in legislation, policy, operational policing practice and case law. These changes to Codes C (detention), E (audio recording of interviews), F (visual recording of interviews) and H (detention – terrorism) come into effect on 31 July 2018. This blog sets out the key changes due to come into force.

4 May 2018

Sexting: “Outcome 21” - a solution or part of the problem?

The increase in young people sexting cannot have escaped the attention of even the most ostrich like parents. The temptation not to think about and deal with these issues is irresistible for many parents. Those parents do so at their peril because data from police forces published in November 2017 shows a surge in children sharing or possessing sexual images of themselves or others - now politely referred to as “Self-Generated Images” – with over 6200 incidents reported last year being an increase of 131% from 2014/2015. Thankfully, an initial analysis shows that the number of children being charged in these cases has more than halved.

Sandra Paul

12 April 2018

Youth Justice Part Two: Mini sex offenders or just kids?

Following the first blog  in our mini-series on youth justice, in which we  provided a brief guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people,  we  address in this blog the issue of whether children are considered mini sex offenders or 'just kids' and what developments may be on the horizon in 2018.

Áine Kervick

5 April 2018

Tongue splitting, ear removal and branding - the limits of consent as a defence to extreme body modification

Split ‘lizard’ tongues, tattooed eyeballs, genital beading and ear shaping are just a handful of unconventional body modification procedures people undergo in the UK every day. In March 2018, the Court of Appeal found that certain body modification procedures did in fact amount to serious harm and wounding, and that the customer’s consent could not amount to a defence for causing these ‘injuries’. In light of this, practitioners currently carrying out these procedures may need to revaluate their practises.

Maeve Keenan

29 March 2018

Youth Justice Part One: Criminalising kids - a guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people

In this first blog in a mini-series on youth justice, we provide a a brief guide to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for young people. This includes addressing the issues of how long criminal records need to be disclosed for and the impact on applying for employment or further education, filtering rules for criminal records certificates and recent developments.

Sandra Paul

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