Whilst representing our client who was accused of criminal damage it became clear that the CPS had failed to follow their own guidance which sets out a 10 point checklist for offences in Children’s homes which sets out the required information before a proper decision can be taken on looked after children (this includes all voluntary arrangements, foster placements and secure training centres). Once this was pointed out to the prosecution they agreed that the case should be dropped.
The child was represented by Elizabeth Rowley who has considerable experience dealing with children and young people in the justice system. There are many extra considerations which go beyond those that apply to an adult prosecution so it is important that you instruct a lawyer who specialises in this area of work.
Our experienced team of youth advocates can be contacted by email to Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 0113 222 4888.