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In Their Defence

Fighting for Youth Justice One Child at a Time
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Using real-life case studies this important book from a leading youth justice expert uncovers the shocking failures in our legal system that are impacting on the lives of so many of our young people. No new parent expects their offspring’s childhood to be tainted by arrest or conviction. That only happens to other people’s kids, right? Wrong. In this compelling book, written by one of Britain’s top experts in youth justice, Aika Stephenson reveals the extraordinary cases she deals with daily. From the obviously vulnerable to the A-grade student from a stable upbringing, Just for Kids Law, the campaigning charity co-founded by Stephenson in 2007, has helped thousands of children and young people overcome the difficulties they face. Aika says: ‘Every day in my job is an adventure, a battle for justice, heart-breaking, and a joy. But very few people truly understand the law that dictates the lives of our young people, and I want to share that with the public – both the heart-warming successes and the shocking failures of the system.' From playground mischief to issues with immigration status, from housing to those facing years behind bars for a crime their friend committed, this book lays bare what really goes on behind the scenes, from the police station through to the young offenders’ institution and everything in between. It is an important and revelatory book that confronts the issues that face all young people today.

Author Biography:

Aika Stephenson co-founded Just for Kids Law – a charity dedicated to providing legal representation and advice to young people as well as fighting for reform on a wider level – in 2006. She is a solicitor and youth justice expert with years of experience representing young people in criminal proceedings and particularly those with special educational needs. She heads up the charity’s criminal arm and has won numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious Criminal Defence Lawyer of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, 2018.
Release date NZ
April 25th, 2024
  • Professional & Vocational
  • Tertiary Education (US: College)
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