Just for Kids Law

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Social Change | Advice & Information | Criminal Justice | Campaigning | Children | Other
Amount Awarded
£120,000
Year Awarded
2014
Region
UK Wide
Length of Award
48 months
Organisation website
www.justforkidslaw.org

Just For Kids Law provides advocacy, support and assistance to young people in difficulty, particularly those in trouble with the law, looked-after-children and those at risk of exclusion from school. It combines specialist legal representation with individualised packages of support to address the multiple and complex issues that young people face and which prevent them from fully engaging in society. It also undertakes media and policy work.

Its most notable case changed the law for the 34,000 seventeen year-olds who are arrested each year, who will now be treated as children and will be entitled to appropriate adult support at the police station. Our grant is towards core costs to help them achieve their aims of transforming the youth justice system to address the root causes of offending; lawyers being better equipped to represent children and young people in criminal court; and to establish youth justice as a recognised legal specialism with its own quality standards and accreditation processes as in other countries.

This grant fits our social change priorities under Injustice – systemic change around injustice and inequality, and our aims as work which catalyses system change.