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  • Compliment existing services provided by voluntary, community, statutory and legal sectors.
  • Work in partnership with children, parents, carers and other agencies.
  • Provide accessible information, advice and representation.
  • Promote children's participation.
  • Provide education and training programmes to increase understanding of children's rights.
  • Engage in legislation and policy commentary.

Legal Services

CLC provides a child focused and child friendly legal advice, information and representation service unique in Northern Ireland. The work of the legal team includes:

  • CHALKY Freephone advice line for children/young people and their parents/carers.
  • Free legal representation for children/young people at educational tribunals, mental health review tribunals, SENDIST appeals etc.
  • Representation in a small number of strategic Judicial Reviews.
  • 3rd Party Interventions on key children's rights issues.

Policy Work

The policy team at CLC works to ensure that all new legislation and policies are compliant with children's rights. This work involves:

  • Making consultation responses.
  • Briefing decision makers, partner organisations, children/young people and the general public.
  • Making written and oral submissions to Northern Ireland Assembly committees.
  • Attending Party Conferences.
  • Consulting with children and young people and representing their views to decision makers.


CLC provides a range of training seminars for legal professionals, service providers, parents and carers on a wide range of topics related to children's rights. These include:

  • Special Educational Needs
  • Children's Human Rights in Practice
  • Rights of Homeless Young People
  • Mental Health
  • Access to Justice
  • Equality of Opportunity for Children and Young People

CLC also delivers children's rights workshops in schools and youth settings

Youth Participation and Advocacy Work

The work of CLC is guided and directly informed by the views of youth@clc, our youth advisory panel.  Youth@clc inform our work through:

  • Participation in consultation responses
  • Running children's rights based campaigns

Contact Info


Children's Law Centre
2nd Floor
127-131 Ormeau Road
Belfast, BT7 1SH

Tel: 028 90245704
Fax: 028 90245679

Young People @ CLC

Sections of CLC site for children and young people

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Sections of CLC site for adults

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