Today, Save the Children, Just for Kids Law and Children’s Rights Alliance for England have explained how the youngest in society were not considered adequately or “even at all” in many key decisions made by the UK government during their Covid-19 response.
We recently commissioned an independent evaluation of our casework model to help us better understand how we make a difference in the lives of the children and young people we work with.
The recent report from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has got many organisations and professionals in the youth sector thinking, including my colleagues and I at Just for Kids Law.
We are looking for creative proposals from filmmakers, animators, and anyone else who would be able to help us create a short film about who we are and what we do!
The Independent Care Review is a once in a generation opportunity to reimagine a care system that ensures society’s most vulnerable children and young people can access the rights they are entitled to and have the bright future they deserve. Sadly, we see the current care system failing the young people we work with every day, reform is urgently needed.
In March 2022, myself and other young campaigners got an opportunity to share our lived experiences of school exclusion with the Department of Education. In particular, we discussed the Statutory Guidance on School Exclusions and Behaviour - a document that was never shared with me whilst I was at school.
To challenge unfairness in the school exclusions process, the children’s legal charity Just for Kids Law is partnering with law firms across the country to offer free legal advice and representation for children and young people who are faced with fixed term and permanent exclusions.
Today, Just for Kids Law publishes a new report ‘Hitting brick walls: barriers faced by homeless care leavers’, in collaboration with New Horizon Youth Centre and Youth Legal.
The report calls for stronger safeguards to protect young care leavers from homelessness. It includes crucial insight from care leavers who have become homeless, and tangible solutions the Government could deploy to help change the lives of young people in similar situations, ahead of the Independent Care Review publishing its final recommendations to Government later this month.
It is well-known that care leavers are more likely to experience homelessness but significant gaps in policy and practice to support these young people remain. As we eagerly await the final recommendations of the Independent Care Review to Government, our new joint briefing based on practice from ourselves, New Horizon and Youth Legal contains cases studies of care leavers who have become homeless as well as some solutions we hope will be included and change the lives of young people in similar situations.