Spotlight on Youth

Childrens Law

United States, EnglishLegal

Spotlight on Youth is a radio show focusing on social and legal trends impacting the rights and well-being of youth across the country. Spotlight on Youth is hosted by the Children's Law Center, Inc., a not-for-profit legal services organization dedicated to children's rights issues. Located in Kentucky, Children Law Center represents children in a variety of matters, participates in research and innovative community-based initiatives, and engages in larger reform work that affects practice and policy on regional and national levels

On-Demand Episodes


The concept of whether one is competent to stand trial is commonly understood as applied to adults in criminal court proceedings. When it comes to kids who face delinquency petitions, the concept because less clear due in part to the issue of... more

On this episode, Sarah Biehl, Policy Director of the Children's Defense Fund - Ohio, discusses the problem known as the school-to-prison pipeline. She talks about the current data, policies that contribute to the phenomenon,... more

Human Trafficking has garnered a lot of attention in the past decade. It is now understood that children are trafficked internationally and domestically for both sex and labor. Unfortunately, most will never come to the attention of systems and... more

Shakyra Diaz, Policy Director of the ACLU of Ohio, examines the new state policy regarding use of seclusion rooms and restraints in Ohio public schools and she also discusses the issues around routine shackling of youth appearing in... more

The United States joins many countries as part of the United Nations and is bound by international conventions that dictate how individuals, including children should be treated. Even though the United States has made some progress in... more

Ohio has been recognized as a national leader in the implementation of specialized dockets. Melissa Knopp, Manager of the Specialized Dockets Section for the Supreme Court of Ohio, joins this episode of Quick Take Ohio. She will... more

Risk assessments have grown in popularity as a way to determine the risk and treatment needs of youth. These assessments when properly performed can promote youth potential and increase public safety by helping craft holistic and... more

Children involved in juvenile court face collateral consequences from their delinquency adjudications which can prevent barriers to their future success and can cause harm to their well-being. Some of these stem from system exposure... more

Representative Teresa Fedor provides an overview of the Safe Harbor Act, a bill she sponsored, and discusses how it addresses the intersection of human trafficking with juvenile justice.

Exploring the Relationship Between Film and Social Justice: Minor Differences Minor Differences is a newly released documentary that chronicles the eighteen-year journey of five men who each served time as youth in a... more