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How to better support care experienced people in the criminal justice system - Garden Court Chambers & Drive Forward Training Session

Monday 17 May 2021

The Garden Court Chambers Youth Justice & Child Rights Team, in association with the Drive Forward Foundation, invites you to a training session on care experienced people in the criminal justice system.

Hear directly from advocates who have direct experience of the care system to gain practical knowledge on how better to support your clients.

Date: Monday 17 May 2021
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Online  
Cost: Free
Areas of Law: Youth Justice & Child Rights , Criminal Defence

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This training will be a unique opportunity for lawyers to better understand the population that they serve. Care experienced people are over-represented in the criminal justice system and children in care are around seven times more likely to be criminalised than their peers. This session has been created by care experienced members of Drive Forward Foundation’s Policy Forum. Drive Forward Foundation is an organisation that supports care leavers into sustainable education, employment and training and also facilitates this forum of care experienced campaigners. 

We hope that by the end of this training, lawyers will better understand the care system and childhood trauma and the impact that these have on many of those who come into contact with the criminal justice system. We hope that as well as hearing from lived experience, you will also be given some practical tools to better support the young people that you work with.


Fatima Jichi, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Chair)
Fatima has a broad civil and criminal defence practice, with a focus on state accountability and youth justice. Fatima regularly represents children in the youth court, including vulnerable children with complex mental health issues and victims of trafficking. Fatima accepts instructions to appear in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in asylum, human rights and deport appeals for vulnerable adults and children. Fatima has a strong commitment to pro bono work. She is regularly instructed by Bail for Immigration Detainees and Advocate. Fatima has also acted in settlement hearings in actions against the police, for vulnerable adults who lack capacity. She also advises on claims relating to false imprisonment in immigration detention. Fatima is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG), is a founding member of Black Protest Legal Support (BPLS) and is also part of the group’s strategic litigation team. 

Lucey, Drive Forward Foundation
Lucey is in her final year of an LLB Law degree, working towards becoming a family solicitor. She has worked as a care leaver ambassador for three years and is a member of her local authority’s foster panel. She is also active in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Care Leavers’ Society. 

Fatmata, Drive Forward Foundation
Fatmata (or Fats) is 26 and lives in Birmingham. She is a young justice advisor for Leaders Unlocked, campaigning for positive change for people with experience of both the criminal justice and the care system. 
Shevonne, Drive Forward Foundation
Shevonne is a law graduate and trainee solicitor. She uses her lived experience of the care system to campaign for change with Drive Forward’s Policy Forum and has spoken out extensively on the issue of criminalisation of children in care.

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