The Children’s Legal Centre Wales is celebrating the news that it has secured funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for the next 3 years. The £150,000 grant means the organisation can continue to develop accessible, bilingual online information for children and young people about the law in Wales and how it affects them.
Hannah Bussicott, Children’s Legal Centre Wales Manager said
“We’re delighted to have received this funding from such a supportive organisation. For a long time, Wales has been the only country in the UK without a dedicated Children’s Legal Centre service. As devolution means increasing divergence between the law in Wales and that in England, it has become vital that children and young people in Wales have their own resource to find out what the law is in Wales and how it affects them. This funding means we can continue the important work we have been doing over the last 18 months, expanding our website, and working with organisations to provide legal information in support of their projects”
The Children’s Legal Centre Wales is a Wales-wide organisation, based in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University. Since its creation in 2016, the Centre has built and launched its website, and worked with the Welsh Government to produce factsheets about the law for unaccompanied asylum seekers coming to Wales, and for the foster carers and social workers who will support them.
Over the next 3 years, Children’s Legal Centre Wales intends to develop its website and online resources for children and young people across Wales further, to cover more in depth information about the law and to raise its profile so that every child and young person knows about it. The Centre also has a number of exciting projects lined up, working with different groups in Wales (including children and young people in care, and those with physical mobility impairments) to help them understand legal issues that affect them particularly.
The Children’s Legal Centre Wales will also continue to work closely with Lleisiau Bach Little Voices, the Big Lottery funded project which champions children as researchers, the Swansea Law Clinic which provides free legal advice, and with the Observatory on the Human Rights of Children. In addition to the important work the Children’s Legal Centre Wales is doing in the community, the presence of the Centre in Swansea University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law will offer opportunities for students at the university to develop their skills.
All the devolved nations now have their own children’s legal centre capabilities. At present, the Children’s Legal Centre Wales is unable to provide advice on individual situations, but it can provide information about the law in Wales, and can signpost to organisations that are able to offer specialist legal advice.