Impact of COVID-19 on education, family contact and employment issues for young people.
Legal rights for the employment of children and young people
Legal rights for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Legal rights for children and young people's education
Legal rights of children and young people in care
As a result of the current health crisis, and in accordance with government advice, all Children’s Law Centre staff are now working from home. We will continue to deliver services to the best of our ability and within ongoing restrictions.
What about Children’s Human Rights during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child recently set out that “…restrictions must be imposed only when necessary, be proportionate and kept to an absolute minimum” and that “States should respect the right of every child to non-discrimination in its measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic as well as take targeted measures to protect children in vulnerable situations…States should ensure that responses to the pandemic, including restrictions and decisions on allocation of resources, reflect the principle of the best interests of the child.”
For answers to your legal FAQs on how Covid-19 impacts on children’s rights click here>>>
Brief note on children and the Mental Capacity Act (NI) 2016 and temporary changes to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during COVID-19 emergency, click here>>>
If you are concerned about how Covid-19 may impact on children’s enjoyment of their legal rights and you require further legal advice please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact individual Children’s Law Centre staff via email. Please initially contact Sarah McAuley on email@example.com
If you have already been in contact with a member of staff please contact the relevant member of staff directly.
Email addresses for Children’s Law Centre staff are below:
If you wish to contact our legal advice service you may continue to do so by emailing:firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that CHALKY our Free Phone Advice Line has been suspended until further notice.
We will continue to monitor government advice and hope to be able to return to a full service as soon as it is safe to do so.
Please stay safe and well.
Children’s Law Centre Management Committee and Staff
An opportunity to join an expanding, professional, multi-disciplinary team
Communications and Marketing Manager
(Ref CMM 09/20) NJC Point NJC Point 32-34 (£35,745-£37,890)
The successful candidate will have a relevant third level qualification, at least 3 years’ experience of working in a communications, PR or marketing role and experience of using offline and online marketing channels and tools including social media. The candidate should also have experience of project management and of working with a wide range of press and media and a knowledge of the media in Northern Ireland. They will have excellent copywriting and proof-reading skills and written and oral communication skills. The successful candidate will require a commitment to children’s rights including children’s participation.
Attractive terms and conditions apply including company pension. This appointment will initially be for three years with good prospects for renewal.
Application packs can be downloaded from our website:
or apply via email quoting reference number (CMM 09/20) to:
Closing date: 12 noon Wednesday 30th September 2020
Interview will be held on Wednesday 7th October 2020
The Children’s Law Centre is an equal opportunities employer
Charity No: NIC 101148
Due to the current Covid 19 Public Health Emergency all CLC’s face to face Training Calendar Events are postponed until further notice. We are hoping to offer online training seminars in the near future. Dates for online events and booking details will be posted to this page in due course…
For queries on training contact email@example.com Tel: 028 9024 5704
The provision of training and information events are integral to the work of the Children’s Law Centre. All training delivered by CLC is directly informed by legal, policy and legislative developments relevant to children and young people and is underpinned by the key principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the UK Government in 1991:
CLC training aims to support all stakeholders in making children’s rights a reality in this jurisdiction by:
Links to online booking feature for future use?
The work of the Children’s Law Centre is guided and informed by the views of children and young people, particularly youth@CLC, our youth advisory panel.
Youth@CLC work closely with our Youth Participation and Advocacy Worker and other youth forums/young people in schools to raise awareness of children’s rights issues in Northern Ireland and advocate for positive change in children’s lives using children’s rights.
Youth@CLC inform our work and government policy affecting children through:
CLC’s policy work ensures that where proposed governmental policies or legislation will impact on children and young people, government is reminded of its obligations to deliver on children’s rights as it is set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Some of the policy work we do includes:
Our legal services are child focussed and the child is always our client.
Chalky – Free phone Advice Line 0808 808 5678…(phone and email icon and address)
Our CHALKY legal advice and information service was launched in May 2000. We provide a free child friendly legal advice and information service, which deals with over 2000 issues annually. Our service provides free advice by phone or email to children and young people, their parents/carers and professionals with legal queries relating to difficulties in school, access to services for disabled children, special educational needs, mental health service provision, homelessness, family law issues and other general legal queries.
We can provide advice on children’s rights relating to the following areas:
Do you know you Rights series link here
Free Legal Representation for Children and Young People
We also provide free legal representation, particularly at SENDIST and Mental Health Review Tribunals and undertake strategic litigation following the criteria contained within our Casework Policy.(link to)
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New Digital Information and Advice Service for Children and Young People only (under 18)– Live Now!
Ree Rights Responder and Live Chat
Young people (aged 13 – 17) who would prefer to access information on their rights online can access our Children’s Rights chatbot REE- Rights Responder, which also offers a connection to an online legal advisor through REE live Chat for those young people who may need additional information and advice on their rights. See Ask an Expert in Youth Section for more information on REE.