We set up the Care Leavers’ Law Service (CLLS) in response to the issues we noticed in our legal casework where care leavers’ rights have not been respected. We use the law to help care leavers realise their rights and challenge decision makers when they do not meet their legal duty towards care leavers. 

Representation for care experienced young people

The CLLS provides legal advice and representation to young people up to the age of 26 with experience of being in care. 

You can phone us for free on 0808 129 0522 or get in touch through our contact form. You will get a quick, friendly response to your enquiry and a member of our team will provide you with helpful information or arrange for you to speak to or meet with one of our solicitors.

Information for people who supports care experienced young people

Anyone who supports care leavers are welcome to call us on 0808 129 0522 to speak to one of our solicitors right away to get help and guidance. 

Training for people who supports care experienced young people

We provide practical training and step-by-step guidance to those working with and supporting care leavers so they can help care leavers to assert their rights and easily access legal help where it’s needed.

Webinars and Toolkits

We have created various resources to assist young people and the people who support them.

Together with CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection) and the Care Inspectorate, we have written a Practice Note to help explain the rights of looked after young people to stay put in positive care placements after they leave care.

To access our webinar and toolkits on care leavers’ rights, please click here.

Further Information

For more information on the Care Leavers’ Law service please contact Micheál Phelan (Project Coordinator) on 0748 309 0269 or email micheal.phelan@clanchildlaw.org.

If you are an English care-leaver, please click here for a list of organisations that work in England.

The Care Leavers’ Law Service is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.