Advocacy Year


Recruiting “the best and the brightest” to work as community-based Youth Advocates for a year.

Modelled on other professional graduate schemes, Advocacy Year aims to improve the lives of under-supported children and young people, while equipping our trainee Youth Advocates with skills and experience that will be invaluable in their future careers.

Advocacy Year is an excellent opportunity for graduates interested in social justice and a possible career in law. Working directly with young people to tackle their multiple, complex issues, trainee Youth Advocates gain advocacy and client care skills, legal knowledge, and first-hand understanding of the difficulties and challenges many young people in our society face.

Meet two of our first trainees

Augusta Itua, Trainee Youth Advocate, 2016/17

Having studied law at the University of Kent, Augusta was attracted to this opportunity as she cares passionately about social justice and is thinking about a career in immigration law. Advocacy Year is a stepping stone which has given her the skills and experience to advance her career aspirations.

“Being part of Advocacy Year has provided me with the unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of many young people in difficulty. I have been helping young people with issues as diverse as immigration, housing and social welfare, while also developing my legal knowledge. I am learning new skills daily, which I will be able to apply in my future career.”


Frankie Shama, Trainee Youth Advocate, 2016/17 frankie2_8080

Having studied English Language and Literature at Oxford, Frankie is hoping to carry the knowledge and skills he has gained through Advocacy Year into a future family law practice.

“My experience at Just for Kids as a youth advocate has been one I will carry with me for a long time to come. I have done everything from providing emotional support and a voice during meetings with social workers, to giving oral submissions on behalf of an excluded pupil in front of an Independent Review Panel, and arguing at housing services about a young person’s right to accommodation. My knowledge of young people’s legal rights and entitlements has greatly improved as a result.”

What an Advocacy Year offers?

This highly competitive programme provides Trainee Youth Advocates with:

  • One month intensive training, covering advocacy style, child safeguarding and basic legal knowledge in the areas that most affect the young people we work with: social welfare, education, youth justice and immigration.
  • Community-based advocacy work supervised by Just for Kids Law’s experienced and talented in-house advocacy and legal teams:
    • Taking a client-led approach to support young people in difficulty;
    • Formally advocating for young people in proceedings such as Looked After Child reviews, Social Services assessments, school reintegration meetings, governor body meetings and school exclusion hearings;
    • Working alongside our Youth Opportunities team to ensure young people can explore education, training and employment opportunities.
  • A Leadership Development Programme.
  • A Graduate Alumnae Network.

The Recruitment Process

Graduates are chosen through a values-based recruitment process that ensures that the ethos of Just for Kids Law will be at the heart of their work.

What we are looking for:

  • a proven track record of educational excellence and history of social justice involvement
  • enthusiasm, passion and commitment to supporting young people from crisis to stability
  • the ability to build rapport and a relationship of trust
  • resilience and up for a challenge
  • a team player and creative, problem-solver

How to apply

Complete an application form and return it by email to by the closing date below.  Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel made up of staff and young people.

Key dates

Stage Dates
Application available here Monday, 27 March
Closing date for applications Tuesday, 2 May – 9am (GMT)
Shortlisting decision Friday, 12  May
Interview dates Week commencing 15 May
Final decision Wednesday, 24 May
Start date Monday, 4 September

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