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How to get help if you have a legal problem

If you, or the person you are worried about, is being hurt or is in danger right now, please contact the police by calling 999.

 If you have a legal problem, or you’re just interested about the law in Wales, you can ask the Children’s Legal Centre Wales for information by sending an email to childrenslegalcentre@swansea.ac.uk.

 

How can the Children’s Legal Centre Wales Help?

The Children’s Legal Centre Wales is a project providing information for children and young people about the law that affects them in Wales. The information we provide can help you answer questions about the law or any legal problem you might have.

If you have a legal problem, knowing what the law says can help you make sure you are treated properly. Our website has information about the law in 10 different areas of life:

How does the law affect you?

At Home

In Trouble

At School (or not)

Relationships

At Work

Play

Online

Health & Wellbeing

Shops & Services

On the Street

How do I know if I have a ‘legal problem’?

Legal problems can come up in all sorts of situations. Here are some examples:

  • If you are a disabled child or young person and you and your family need help and support for you to live at home
  • If you find it difficult to learn at school and you need help and support
  • If you are getting into trouble at school and you might be excluded
  • If you are in a situation where you are being treated differently to other people because of something like your gender, your race, your age or because you are a disabled person
  • If you are being bullied (at school or at a youth club, or somewhere else in the community) for something like your gender, your race, your age or because you are a disabled person
  • If someone is hurting you,
  • If you are not being looked after properly at home
  • If you have been arrested by the police, or if you have hurt someone else, stolen something or damaged someone else’s property

In any of these situations, and in lots of other situations, knowing what the law says might be helpful for you.

 

The law probably won’t be able to help you if

  • you’re not getting on with your parents, but they are looking after you properly and you are not being hurt
  • you’re not getting on with people at school but no one is hurting you and you’re not being bullied because of something like your gender, your race, your age or because you are a disabled person

 

Don’t know if you have a ‘legal problem’?

If you can’t work out whether you have a legal problem or not, try talking to an adult you trust about what is happening to you. Depending on the situation, this could be:

  • one of your parents
  • one of your grandparents or another relative like an aunt, an uncle, or an older cousin
  • a teacher at school
  • a youth worker
  • a social worker

You can send us an email to childrenslegalcentre@swansea.ac.uk

 

The Children’s Legal Centre Wales can provide information and signposting about legal problems in Wales.

  • If you’ve read the information on our website about your legal problem, and you need legal advice, you may be able to access free, initial, legal advice from the Swansea Law Clinic.
  • If you need a solicitor, the Law Society ‘Find a Solicitor’ pages may be helpful. In some cases you may be able to get free legal advice, if you can access legal aid. This is not available for every kind of case.
  • If you have been arrested, and need legal advice and support, the Public Defenders Service may be able to help you.

Even if it’s not a ‘legal’ problem, you can still get advice and support from other organisations.

 

Other organisations that may be able to help you in Wales

If you are a disabled child or young person, or have special learning needs/additional learning needs and you’re having a problem getting help and support you need at school to learn, SNAP Cymru may be able to help.

For information about benefits, including Disability Living Allowance, Kin Cymru can help.

If you want to talk to someone about problems you’re having (whatever they are – with your parents, or friends or at school or something else) you can call Meic.

If you need someone to help you talk about your problems with the organisation you are struggling with, advocacy can help you. NYAS and TGP Cymru can both provide advocacy support.

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales is always interested to hear from children and young people who are experiencing problems, and they may be able to help you

 

Getting the right information about the law for where you live

The law in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland is often different to the law in Wales. If you are living in one of those countries, you need to make sure you are getting the right information about the law where you live.

 

If you live in England, you can get legal advice and support from Coram Children’s Legal Centre and from Just For Kids Law

If you live in Scotland, you can get legal advice and support from Clan Child Law

If you live in Northern Ireland, you can get legal advice and support from the Children’s Legal Centre