Safeguarding Children's Rights

In collaboration with Just for Kids Law (JFKL), UNICEF, and CORAM Children’s Legal Centre, our team created a practitioners’ guide on defenses available under Modern Slavery and Child Trafficking legislation in connection with young people exploited by county lines gangs. This step-by-step handbook has been distributed to over 3,000
lawyers.

The team also drafted a guide for professionals on the legislation, case law and guidance concerning the retention, deletion and disclosure of police records. The guide has been widely disseminated and also formed part of JFKL’s legal submissions in a UK Supreme Court case challenging the legality of disclosures of youth criminal records. The previous criminal record disclosure laws required all previous convictions to be disclosed, however minor, when the person has had more than one conviction, and included warnings and reprimands issued to young offenders.

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court ruled that the disclosure of youth reprimands to future employers was incompatible with human rights legislation, a decision that will benefit thousands of children issued with youth cautions every year.