Help with legal information

Information and support for parents, carers and families about their legal rights and the rights of their children.

  • Cafcass: Information for families

    Provides information for families on family courts and the role of Cafcass - the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

  • Challenging behaviour: a guide for family carers on getting the right support

    Three new ‘At a glance’ guides (No. 37, 38 and 39) developed in collaboration with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and aimed at family carers supporting people whose behaviour is described as challenging. There are separate guides for adults, teenagers and children.

  • Coram Children's Legal Centre (CLC)

    The Coram Children's Legal Centre is a charity specialising in law and policy affecting children and young people. It provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children’s rights. Free of charge.

  • Is it legal?: A families' guide to the law (4th edition)

    Offers clarification of the law for families and all those who work with them. It includes a fully updated Helpfile, a full list of sources of further information on all the main areas affecting families. Professionals who will find it a valuable reference or to hand out include all those working in family support, children’s centres, child and nursery care, safeguarding children, legal advice, schools and school governors.

  • National Autistic Society: Education rights service

    Provides information, advice and support on educational provision and entitlements to help guide parents and carers through education law and through what can often be a complex and difficult process. Trained volunteers also help parents prepare appeals to educational tribunals. Includes a helpline - call 0808 800 4102 free from landlines and most mobiles.

  • Parents and carers’ guide to transition

    Gives parents and carers information about young people’s rights, and about their own rights when they are supporting a young person. Aims to support parents and carers while they are supporting a young person through transition.

  • Rights and laws (Rethink)

    Provides some basic information about legislation and rights that effect people with mental health, which have been established through the courts. The Rethink Advice and Information Service will help with your enquiry or if you need specialist input or legal representation they can refer you to someone who can.

  • The Mental Health Act: essential information for parents and carers

    This booklet is for parents and carers of children and young people who need to be admitted to hospital for treatment of a mental disorder. It provides an overview of how some important parts of the Mental Health Act may affect you and your child and what rights you have under this Act. It does this through a series of questions and answers.

  • Your child could be taken into care: a guide for parents

    This leaflet is part of the 'parent's pack' for parents who may be about to be taken to court by a local authority because of concerns over the safety and welfare of their child. It gives information in a clear and straightforward manner about what is involved in court proceedings and the various stages in the process.

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