Youth And The Law

Year Published:  1982  
Pages:  56pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX2419

"Emergency Librarian" is a journal for librarians and educators working with children and young adults in schools and public libraries.

Abstract:  "Emergency Librarian" is a journal for librarians and educators working with children and young adults in schools and public libraries. This special double issue on Youth and the Law provides comment on recent research on the law as it applies to children and reports on legal education projects for young people and educators, new legal education curricula, a selection of print and audio-visual materials on law for youth, and a rationale for developing library collections and programs for children and the law.

One article reports on the work of the Canadian Law Information Council (CLIC), a national support network involving all actors in the field of legal information. This information is available in schools and to the public. The CLIC's aim is to facilitate a situation where all Canadian young people will have access to legal information and materials which are relevant, current and of consistent high quality. Other articles report on a variety of groups working provincially on the issue from Nova Scotia to British Columbia.

A bibliography of pamphlets prepared for students deals with the rights and responsibilities, under the law, of students and teachers. These materials provide a brief overview of the law as it applies to topics such as drugs, medical attention, police powers, and corporal punishment. In many cases, these publications are free or very inexpensive.

An article and annotated bibliography on children's rights links the law with the broader socio-economic condition of children and their families. The author, Marion Lane, begins with three caveats. First, the bibliography deals primarily with children's rights in English Canada. This is particularly unfortunate as Quebec's "Youth Protection Act" is probably the most progressive legislation in Canada with respect to the rights of children in need of protection. The second caveat is that most statutory law affecting children falls within the jurisdiction of the provinces and thus varies from one province to another. The third caveat is that new statutes, policies and procedures and more case law is causing rapid change in several areas of the law affecting children. Thus it is necessary to continuously update the law as described in the books listed in the bibliography.


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