Children and Access to Justice - October 2016
In October 2016, Amnesty International UK has published a report, Cuts That Hurt, into the impact of legal aid cuts on access to justice. One of the areas highlighted as being of particular concern is children's access to justice.
This briefing from the Just Rights campaign, of which Law Centres Network is a member, sums up the current situation on this, as well as concerns and next steps for policymakers.
Put Yourself in Our Shoes: Unaccompanied Children in the Asylum System
People charged with making life-changing decisions about unaccompanied children seeking asylum should be supported to ensure that their best interests are at heart.
This report, by the Law Centres Network’s Principles to Practice Project, involved 15 Law Centres and partners, along with considerable voluntary support from City law firm Allen & Overy. It is based on data collected throughout 2014 from a representative sample of 60 cases of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK.
Click here to download the report's executive summary [PDF], or below for the full report.
For enquiries about the report and our Principles to Practice project, please email us or ring 020 3637 1330.
Child-friendly information for homeless young people
This short guide, published in April 2014, aims to give homeless young people plain-language advice about their rights and point them to the best sources of local help.
Supporting Homeless 16- and 17-year-olds
With the assistance of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the Young People’s Programme has completed a review of 138 local authority’s joint working protocols in relation to homeless 16 and 17 year olds. Protocols are documents that should set out clearly what happens to a 16/17 year old on presentation to either the Local Authorities’ housing or social services department. Protocols should go some way to ensuring that young people are not passed pillar to post between the two departments, with the potential consequence that they fall through the gap and remain homeless or in unsuitable and accommodation.
The review came as a response to anecdotal evidence from Law Centre staff, working with young people, who reported that despite clear case law and statutory guidance many homeless 16 and 17 year olds were not being correctly assessed, accommodated and provided with the support they need and are entitled to from the Local Authority.
The report looked at key questions to address whether the protocols were accurately reflecting statutory guidance and case law.
For more information about this report please contact us.