Share ThisShareThis PrintPrint ChatLAG Chat
Add to basket
Defending Young People in the Criminal Justice System
Mark Ashford, Alex Chard and Naomi Redhouse
Cover of Defending Young People in the Criminal Justice System
Third edition |  September 2006  | 1008pp
ISBN: Pb 978 1 903307 34 2

Defending Young People is a comprehensive and practical guide to representing young people in the criminal justice system. It covers practice and procedure at the police station and in the courts where young people appear, and the wider issues such as adolescent development, mental disorder and the care system.

  Defending Young People also features comprehensive information about the role of local authorities under the Children Act 1989. It outlines the key aspects of the youth criminal justice system including the role of the Youth Justice Board and the practice and structure of Youth Offending Teams.

'NACRO operates a telephone advice system and we frequently use Defending Young People and often refer callers to it as well as using it in our other work. My copy is in daily use and I regard it as being indispensable - a much over-employed word but here it is used in its strictly accurate sense.' Lionel Skingley, Senior Policy and Information Officer, NACRO.

Reviews from previous editions:

'No one working with young offenders in England and Wales will be able to practise effectively without this text.' Youth Justice

' ... virtually everything you need to know with regard to youth crime ... in one place.' New Law Journal

The third edition of this invaluable handbook has been significantly updated and expanded to include:

- The effects of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and other significant legislation
- Law on reprimands, warnings and new statutory charging procedure with relevant CPS and police guidance
- Court procedure and recent cases on mode of trial and dangerousness
- Sentencing law including detention and training orders and new sentences for dangerous young offenders
- Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes for bail and sentences
- The law relating to anti-social behaviour orders
- Changes to police powers including those resulting from Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005
- Substantially revised commentary and guidance on the response to the landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in T v United Kingdom, V v United Kingdom
- A new chapter on the development of the adolescent client and effective participation in the trial process with useful guidance for the defence lawyer on communication with the young client
- A new chapter on mentally disordered young people
- The rights of young prisoners
- Public protection measures such as sex offender registration and Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)

The appendices provide a wealth of practical resources for the busy practitioner including updated statutory extracts, glossaries of key terms and useful contacts and sources of information.

Defending Young People is essential reading for solicitors, barristers, social workers, youth offending teams, advisers and voluntary sector workers in the youth justice system.


Mark Ashford is a solicitor with TV Edwards LLP (formerly Taylor Nichol), where he specialises in representing young people. He regularly trains lawyers, social workers and mental health professionals on the youth justice system as well as speaking on subjects related to youth crime. Mark has been a member of the Barrow Cadbury Trust Commission on Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System (report published in 2005) and a Royal College of Psychiatrists' working party on child defendants (report published in 2006).

Alex Chard is director of YCTCS ltd, a company which provides consultancy services on the management and delivery of services for young offenders and other socially excluded children and young people. He has a background in direct work with young offenders and currently works closely with managers and staff in youth offending teams as well as in other children's service settings. He recently completed a Masters dissertation into the impact of inspection on a youth offending team.

Naomi Redhouse is a freelance solicitor advocate with Central Booking, specialising in trial advocacy and in the youth court. She is an experienced trainer in both of these fields, having trained extensively for a number of organisations. Naomi has been a freelance advocate for 17 years, having previously worked in criminal specialist firms. Since 2003 she has been involved in developing and delivering training in the work of the defence lawyers in the youth court in collaboration with the Youth Justice Board and the Law Society. Naomi used to be a youth worker.