Newsletter
aPRIL 2022

We are delighted to bring you news of lots of positive developments here at Youth Legal:

 

  • Find out about our exciting new strategy

  • Our free ‘2nd tier’ advice for youth support workers is expanding

  • Read about our impact

  • General Information about Youth Legal’s services

   New Strategy

After several months of joint-working between staff, Trustees and young people, we recently published a new 3 year strategy with the following four aims:

  • To ensure young people’s voices are central to everything we do, drive service improvement and play an increased influence in Youth Legal’s decision-making

  • To develop young people’s access to age-appropriate specialist legal advice

  • To cement Youth Legal’s reputation for expertise in Community Care and Homelessness casework with vulnerable young people

  • To strengthen our foundations and governance to maintain Youth Legal as a robust and stable organisation

 

                                       

FREE ‘2nd TIER’ ADVICE FOR YOUTH SUPPORT WORKERS

We are expanding our provision of advice to professionals working with young people.

 

If you are working in a role in which you support young people and want to talk over any issues relating to their housing, social care, immigration or money/debt, you can now call us anytime between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday on 020 3195 1906 or email us at info@youthlegal.org.uk.

 

We will provide you with advice to assist you in supporting the young person, or, if the case is complex and it would be more appropriate, we may be able to take on the case through a referral.

 

If in doubt, give us a call on 020 3195 1906 and we can chat it over.

 

                                       

THIS IS THE KIND OF FAST IMPACT OUR ADVICE CAN HAVE

Youth Legal received a referral concerning a young person (D) with several serious medical conditions who had been living in a caravan without running water or electricity for the last two years. D was a looked after child under s20 Children’s Act 1989 due to multiple health issues, and a Former Relevant child under the Children Act 2002. D had had to flee secure accommodation due to acts and threats of violence, leading to the Metropolitan Police recommending that D should be moved out of the area. D’s support worker had twice made unsuccessful attempts to get D rehoused, not helped by clear failings on the part of an assigned housing officer.

 

We sent a letter to the local authority threatening legal action. The following day D was housed. On receiving the call from the Council offering accommodation, D burst into tears.

YOUTH LEGAL’S SERVICES

Our youth-friendly lawyers and caseworkers currently offer specialist legal advice and representation by telephone, video, email and webchat, as well as limited face-to-face support.

 

Our advice helps marginalised and vulnerable young people, and families with children across London, to:

  • understand their rights;

  • sort out problems with money and benefits, housing, homelessness and immigration;

  • obtain support from social services if you are a care leaver, need to be in care or if you have disabilities.

 

Our casework, strategic litigation and campaigns often lead to change in policy and practice. We also provide 2nd tier advice to youth professionals and deliver Know Your Rights sessions to young people through local community organisations.

 

To get advice, make a referral or discuss partnership working:

Call us on 020 3195 1906 or email info@youthlegal.org.uk.