On 10 October 2021, some of our brilliant staff members will be running in the Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise money for our work. Race tickets can be really hard to come by and we haven’t competed as a team in a half marathon in over 10 years so this is definitely something to be proud of! The JfKL team have been training for months now, enduring the summer heat (and plenty of rain), injuries, blisters, and sore knees to prepare for the race. This will be a huge challenge but we’re confident that we can go the distance. Read on to find out why Augusta Itua, one of our amazing Youth Justice Lawyers, is taking part this year.
Just for Kids Law and Homeless Link have launched a useful new resource for front-line professionals in the voluntary sector who support 16- and 17-year-olds faced with homelessness. It’s been created so professionals can identify what support a child is entitled to at any point in their journey and assist them to access their rights. The guidance provides practical advice rooted in our experience of how professionals can advocate for 16- and 17-year-olds, as well as information on communicating effectively with children about their choices, and respecting their agency.
The need for this resource illustrates the flaws in the current legal framework surrounding homeless 16- and 17-year-olds and the consequences for this vulnerable group of children.
This case shows us how woefully ineffective the system for reviewing school exclusions is. Daniel was excluded in November 2019, and was not readmitted until 14 months later, after he had fought six separate reviews. He missed so much education that he had to repeat a year of schooling, and all to find out that he should not have been excluded in the first place.
In 2020, amongst a backdrop of school closures and the selective allocation of school places, some families found for the first time that fighting for the right to go to school can be a draining, frustrating and frightening experience. For some families however, particularly of children with special educational needs, this fight is not limited to coronavirus lockdown. It is lifelong.
The problems with some unregulated settings are by now well documented and familiar to most of us: lack of oversight, minimal key worker contact time
With institutional racism in the police rightly under fierce scrutiny at this moment, we must also stop to get to grips with race discrimination in
On Monday 2nd March, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) held a reception in the Houses of Parliament to celebrate 30 years since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the UN.
Joel Carter, Director of Programmes and Participation, looks at how we have been improving our approach to capturing outcomes for our casework with young people.
Giana Rosa looks at the findings of a new report by Shelter showing increasing numbers of children forced to live in temporary accommodation.
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