New member organisation - Child Law Advice Service
We're proud to have the Child Line Advice Service (CLAS) joining the Litigant in Person Network. Find updates on their current work with litigants in person here.
The Child Law Advice Service has operated a telephone helpline offering legal advice to parents, carers and young people for over 10 years on issues of Family, Child and Education Law.On the 1st April 2015, the Child Law Advice Service re-launched as a digital first service with two intensive legal advice lines available for clarifying questions.
Via our website www.childlawadvice.org.uk, we provide free legal resources with advice and information on all aspects family, child and education law affecting children and families. The information is provided via information pages and useful case studies to help Litigants in Person. We also have a section dedicated to Attending Court. Also available on our website are “how to guides” designed to assist Litigants in Person on taking forward their matters. There are charged at £2 per guide.
Recently, we added the option of email advice to our service. Members of the public are able to contact us via our email advice forms to seek one off advice from us.
We also operate two intensive support telephone lines for complex matters and clarifying questions. These are manned by our fully trained legal advisors and volunteers. The advice lines are split into family/child law and education law and are available Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm. Bookable call back slots are available on our website for a small fee so that members of the public can book a call with an advisor at a time to suit them subject to availability.
In 2006-17 we helped nearly 706,000 parents, carers and young people with issues relating to family, child and education law. This was through either digital downloads or through our
legal advice service.Nearly 14,000 parents, carers, children and young people contacted us to seek advice from one of our legally trained advisors on family and child law, and nearly 3,500 contacted us about education law issues.
In January 2017 we also launched a new website, LawStuff www.lawstuff.org.uk. This website is aimed solely at young people for them to find out their legal rights and information on a variety of topics from education to police and the law as well as children services and online safety.
We also added an interactive “At What Age Can I” part of this website for young people to find out at what age they can take part in certain activities.
Young people are able to contact us via a contact form found on the LawStuff website for clarification and advice.