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Who We Are

We are Streetwise Law, a not for profit community educational project based in London. We run law workshops for young people presented by an experienced criminal barrister.

We educate, inform and empower young people by teaching them about the criminal laws which are most relevant to them.

Established in June 2014 we believe that young people, some of whom, due to a variety of reasons, are susceptible to being drawn into criminal activity and interactions with the police, benefit from having knowledge of the criminal law system. We believe that if they understand criminal offences, the risks and consequences of certain activities, police powers and their rights as individuals: this enables them to make better decisions, avoid interactions with the police escalating and potentially prevent them becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

Our Mission:

Provide Knowledge

Provide young people with knowledge on the criminal law matters that are most relevant to them, empowering them to make informed decisions in the future.

Myth Bust

Provide young people with information relating to many legal matters which are commonly misunderstood and teach them how to exercise their legal rights.


Inspire young people to pursue a career in law by giving them an opportunity to practice legal skills which can demonstrate that they have the talent to succeed.

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What We Do

Streetwise Law run workshops, which can be adapted for particular audiences and organisations, in schools, youth clubs and other youth organisations.

Presented as either an informal discussion or as a more formal session, our workshops consist of teaching the law followed by a group discussion and a video or role play.

We can present a one-off workshop or run a programme including all the workshops, depending on the needs and the time available for different organisations.

We welcome questions throughout our sessions and are always keen to be provided with feedback to ensure that what we teach is relevant, useful and interesting.

Topics Covered:

Stop and Search
Stop & Search

Young people in London, particularly if black or Asian, regularly experience stop and search, either individually or when in a group. Understanding their rights, as well as the powers of the police...

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Joint Enterprise
Joint Enterprise

Joint enterprise is a doctrine of common law that allows for more than one person to be charged and convicted of the same crime. Joint enterprise can apply to all crimes, but in recent times, it has...

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Social Media
Social Media

Social Media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are now amongst the most widely used forms of communication across the globe. OFCOM has estimated that 99 percent of 16-24 year olds use social media...

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Drill Music and Gangs
Drill Music & Gangs

This workshop takes a look at the phenomenon of drill music and whether it is right to say that it incites violence or whether it simply reflects the reality of young drill artists. We look at several individual murder cases...

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Girls and Gangs
Girls & Gangs

Girls often get involved in gangs through relationships with male gang members, drawn in by the excitement, financial benefits and sense of belonging gangs can seem to provide. The Centre for Social...

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This workshop looks at the most commonly used illegal drugs in the UK, what they look like, their effects and the risks associated with them. It covers different drugs offences such as possession of drugs...

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This workshop looks at the law in relation to carrying a blade or an offensive weapon in a public place, what constitutes a bladed article and how public place is defined. How stop and search...

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Domestic Abuse

In this workshop you will learn about what constitutes domestic abuse and what happens when you make an allegation of domestic abuse. This covers the initial police investigation and the court procedure...

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Meet the Team

Sarah Wilson

Sarah has worked in criminal law for 11 years and rep'ing in court for 7 years. She started as a court clerk at Fisher Meredith solicitors after finishing her studies in 2006. She quickly moved into a Paralegal position [...]

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