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Youth Justice Law and Practice is a comprehensive and practical guide to representing children in the criminal justice system. It provides a step by step guide to representing children at the police station, detailed coverage of specific court procedures and looks at wider issues such as adolescent development issues, mental health and learning difficulties and children in local authority care.
It is crucial that advocates representing children and young people understand the specialised and separate procedures of dealing with this vulnerable group. Youth Justice Law and Practice is highly accessible and easy to navigate to enable the busy practitioner to quickly find the information they need. Covering the procedure of the youth court, magistrates’ court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal, it focuses procedural differences including bail and remand, jury directions, sentencing, anonymity and reporting restrictions.
The author team are specialists in this area of law and bring their experience as youth advocates to explain how to communication and engage effectively with children, the correct approach for dealing with children with learning difficulties, the importance of background and how to deal with children as victims and witnesses in courts.