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This is a podcast about children and the laws that affect them as they grow up. Alma-Constance, a 10 year old girl living in England, UK, discovered that when she turned 10 she would have reached the age of criminal responsibility. This is one of the youngest ages of criminalising children in the developed world. That was a pretty shocking discovery for her especially as she realised that she and her peers knew nothing about what this meant in practice and how it can affected children and their families. With the help of Lucinda Acland, a lawyer, and supported by Next 100 Years, they set out to ask some questions of leading experts to help children make sense of it all. There are a lot of laws that affect #children as they grow up and they are confusing and complicated and can affect all aspects of their day-to-day life from #education to online protections or at home, if families break up. It is difficult to keep track and understand the laws and how they impact a child's life. Alma-Constance is determined to help #TeachKidsLaw at a much younger age to help them grow up into adults confident with their legal knowledge. Understanding how the law works and being able to understand complex concepts of #justice and #ruleoflaw will help anyone as they try to navigate their lives. You can email us: kidslaw@spark21.org or reach us on social media channels and our www.kidslaw.info website.

Kids Law Alma-Constance Denis-Smith and Lucinda Acland

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This is a podcast about children and the laws that affect them as they grow up. Alma-Constance, a 10 year old girl living in England, UK, discovered that when she turned 10 she would have reached the age of criminal responsibility. This is one of the youngest ages of criminalising children in the developed world. That was a pretty shocking discovery for her especially as she realised that she and her peers knew nothing about what this meant in practice and how it can affected children and their families. With the help of Lucinda Acland, a lawyer, and supported by Next 100 Years, they set out to ask some questions of leading experts to help children make sense of it all. There are a lot of laws that affect #children as they grow up and they are confusing and complicated and can affect all aspects of their day-to-day life from #education to online protections or at home, if families break up. It is difficult to keep track and understand the laws and how they impact a child's life. Alma-Constance is determined to help #TeachKidsLaw at a much younger age to help them grow up into adults confident with their legal knowledge. Understanding how the law works and being able to understand complex concepts of #justice and #ruleoflaw will help anyone as they try to navigate their lives. You can email us: kidslaw@spark21.org or reach us on social media channels and our www.kidslaw.info website.

    What we learnt in Series 2

    What we learnt in Series 2

    In this short round up episode , we look back on what we have learnt in Series 2 about how law affects children and young people and why it's important that we understand how the legal system works. We have discussed:
    How the courts deal with different types of cases and the difference between criminal and civil courtsThe work of the House of Lords  and how people become members of the House of LordsThe appeal process and the work of the Supreme CourtThe work of solicitors, barristers, magistrates and tribunalsThe role of law in banning witchcraft and even Christmas! How the law deals with children who get caught up in gangs and how to protect them from exploitation.We would like to say a big thank you to all our Series 2 speakers for coming on the podcast and explaining all these legal issues in such a clear and interesting way.
    Alma-Constance and Lucinda would love to hear from you! 
     Tell us what you think of Series 2, and if you've got any questions, ideas about a topic or someone you'd like us to interview for our next series 3, please contact us through the website, www.kidslaw.info or through social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @KidsLawInfo 
    You can also email us: kidslaw@spark21.org

    • 5 min
    How the law affects children and criminal gangs.

    How the law affects children and criminal gangs.

    In this episode, Alma- Constance and Lucinda talk to Sarah Forshaw QC, an experienced specialist criminal barrister who is the co-head of chambers at 5 King's Bench Walk in London, about the law relating to children and gangs.

    She explains:
     Why some children and young people want to join a street gang and what can happen if they get caught up in crime; What county lines means and why gangs are using this method of involving children;That a child or young person is entitled to legal advice if the police wants to question them; and What we can do if we think that a child or young person might be at risk of being exploited in a gang.When Sarah was 10 years old, she says she was a bit of a bookworm and she wanted to be a vet and then an actress, but her father suggested she should be a barrister.
    Alma-Constance and Lucinda would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, ideas about a topic or someone you'd like us to interview, please contact us through the website, www.kidslaw.info or through social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @KidsLawInfo 
    You can also email us: kidslaw@spark21.org
    Please subscribe, rate, and share with your friends!
     Resources
    If in immediate danger contact the Police by dialling 999
    If worried contact  NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000
    Childline - free and confidential helpline 0800 1111  
    Children’s Commissioner for England numbers and report on gangs 
    Children’s Society work on criminal gangs exploitation

    • 20 min
    All about the work of tribunals

    All about the work of tribunals

    In this episode, Alma-Constance and Lucinda hear more about the important work of tribunals which is a dispute resolution system designed to be easier, quicker, cheaper and less formal than using courts.  
    There are 14 different types of tribunals in the United Kingdom, which cover lots of areas of our lives  to do with employment,  benefits and immigration  and local government decisions and between them they have almost 6,000 judges and members.

    We speak to Senior President of Tribunals, Rt. Hon. Sir Keith John Lindblom, who tell us:
    ·       how the tribunals system holds public bodies accountable and people's rights are protected
    ·       that there are specialist expert panel members to help the judge  make better informed decisions
    ·        there are tribunals for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) to help them resolve problems with their education and training
    ·       how important it is to hear children's voices and children can give information to the tribunal by drawing pictures or making videos by text or email.     
    When Keith was 10 years old, he was very interested in being an architect because he liked drawing and design. Interestingly, he worked in planning as a barrister and had to work quite often with architects and other designers and so satisfied his ambition in a different way. 
    Alma-Constance and Lucinda would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, ideas about a topic or someone you'd like us to interview, please contact us through the website, www.kidslaw.info or through social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @KidsLawInfo 
    You can also email us: kidslaw@spark21.org
    Please subscribe, rate, and share with your friends!
    Resources
    https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/senior-president-of-tribunals-annual-report-2021-is-published/
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/601481/administrative-justice-tribunals-final-progress-report.pdf
    https://www.judiciary.uk/about-the-judiciary/who-are-the-judiciary/judicial-roles/tribunals/tribunals/
    Courts & Tribunals website
    The First-tier Tribunal  
    https://www.judiciary.uk/about-the-judiciary/the-justice-system/jurisdictions/tribunal-jurisdiction/
    https://www.ipsea.org.uk/what-is-the-send-tribunal
    https://schoolexclusionproject.com
     
     
     

    • 21 min
    The role of solicitors - I.Stephanie Boyce

    The role of solicitors - I.Stephanie Boyce

    In this episode, Alma- Constance and Lucinda learn more about solicitors, their work and role in the legal system. They speak to I. Stephanie Boyce, who is the President of the Law Society of England and Wales, which represents over 200,000 solicitors.
    She is the  177th president, the sixth female, the first black office holder, the first person of colour, and the second in-house solicitor in almost 50 years to become the President of the Law Society of England and Wales.
     ·      She tells us about the role of a solicitor 
    ·      What it means to be an officer of the court
    ·      About the work of the Law Society
    ·      How important it is that we have lawyers that represent the society they serve and that they must uphold the rule of law
    When Stephanie was 10 years old, she says she was always speaking up for something and a bit of an activist. She was good at athletics and loved ketchup!
    Alma-Constance and Lucinda would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, ideas about a topic or someone you'd like us to interview, please contact us through the website, www.kidslaw.info or through social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @KidsLawInfo 
    You can also email us: kidslaw@spark21.org
    Please subscribe, rate, and share with your friends!
    Resources
    Twitter @IStephanieBoyc1
    https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/
    https://first100years.org.uk/digital-museum/videos/ 
    https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/about-us/our-governance/chief-executive-and-office-holders
    https://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.co.uk/blog/2021/11/24/the-hearing-episode87-i-stephanie-boyce-law-society-of-england-wales/

    • 17 min
    All rise in the Crown Court!

    All rise in the Crown Court!

    In this episode, Alma- Constance and Lucinda learn more about the work of judges and juries in the crown court. They speak to Her Honour Judge Deborah Taylor, who is the Resident Judge at Southwark Crown Court in London, which is the fourth largest in the country and she is also Recorder of Westminster. She also sits in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division and Administrative Court. She is the Treasurer of the Inner temple and was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner from 2011-2013.
    She tells us how judges manage serious criminal cases and  the qualities required to be a good judge,about juries and what a good and reliable system it is, the type of sentences available for adults and young peoplehow Inns of Court help financially support students wanting to be barristers, about the High Sheriff’s awards to citizens who have given outstanding service in helping the police carry out their duties; and  why the size of a robing room can bring about equality for barristers!When Deborah was 10 years old, she says she was quite rebellious always asking questions about why rules were in place and always arguing about whether we should obey them or not and she was a bit of a bookworm too! 
    Alma-Constance and Lucinda would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, ideas about a topic or someone you'd like us to interview, please contact us through the website, www.kidslaw.info or through social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @KidsLawInfo 
    You can also email us: kidslaw@spark21.org
    Please subscribe, rate, and share with your friends!
    Resources
    https://www.judiciary.uk/you-and-the-judiciary/going-to-court/crown-court/
    https://www.gov.uk/courts/crown-court
    https://www.innertemple.org.uk/contact/
    https://www.legalcheek.com/2017/08/female-barristers-granted-access-to-top-london-courts-male-only-robing-room/
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/feb/21/juries-work-best-research

    • 25 min
    What do magistrates do?

    What do magistrates do?

    In this episode, Alma- Constance and Lucinda hear more about the important work of magistrates as about 95 % of cases are heard before ordinary people in Magistrates' Courts and these magistrates make up 85% of the judiciary in England and Wales, who sit in criminal family and youth courts.  

    They speak to Katherine Sirrell, who is a magistrate and deputy chair of the Young Magistrates Network, which is a part of the Magistrates Association. 
    ·       She tells us about the difference between magistrates and judges and why we have magistrates
    ·       The type of cases they hear
    ·       Why it’s important to have magistrates who are representative of their community
    ·       What happens if children need to appear in Magistrates' Courts
    When Katherine was 10 years old, she was very curious about the world and really liked stories and wanted to be a journalist, as she loved writing and liked the idea of finding out the truth.
    Alma-Constance and Lucinda would love to hear from you. If you have any questions, ideas about a topic or someone you'd like us to interview, please contact us through the website, www.kidslaw.info or through social media on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @KidsLawInfo 
    You can also email us: kidslaw@spark21.org
    Please subscribe, rate, and share with your friends!
    Resources
    Magistrates Association: Magistrates Association > What We Do > MA Diversity and Inclusion Networks > Young Magistrates Network (magistrates-association.org.uk)
    Young Citizens (mock trials): Home - Young Citizens
    Schools consent project: Schools Consent Project | Home
    Justice: Justice: advancing access to human rights and the rule of law
     Report into the voices of young people in the youth court: Young people’s voices on youth court | Centre for Justice Innovation

    • 25 min

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mena lewis ,

Good show recommend

If you are a kid and want a good show or podcast Kids Law is the place for you! So I watched a few episodes all ready and I wish there were more episodes already but for the person that is reading this hope you like this show have a nice day!! ♥️😃

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