Street Legal

Street Legal is an innovative partnership between Clan Childlaw and Streetwork. Combining the expertise of both organisations, the project provides free legal advice and representation to young people up to the age of 26 who are either experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh. 

This is a pilot project for three years, and was devised in response to a recognition by Clan Childlaw that young people we were working with were struggling to have their housing rights recognised and were becoming homeless  or staying in precarious accommodation as a result. Clan Childlaw's Head of Representation, Julia Donnelly, has significant experience in housing law and approached Streetwork in order to develop a partnership to address this issue. The Street Legal project was born, and demonstrates the innovative combination of Clan Childlaw's legal expertise and Streetwork's ability to engage with vulnerable, homeless young people.

We provide both direct advice and representation to young clients. We provide specialist legal training, support and guidance to colleagues from other agencies with a focus is the legal rights of young people within the housing system and how they can be recognised and enforced.

Ways in which we can help

  • If you are young person aged 16-26 and you are homeless or facing homelessness, we can provide legal advice and representation if needed.

For example:

  • You are facing eviction from your tenancy
  • You have been evicted from your accommodation and are sofa surfing (staying with friends or family on a temporary basis) or you are sleeping rough
  • You are a care leaver and want to access Continuing Care or After Care but there is a problem with this
  • If you have any questions about your housing or accommodation rights.

 

  • If you are supporting a young person in the above situation, we can provide you with legal advice to assist with your advocacy for them.
  • We provide training on the housing rights of young people to those who are working with them. This means that workers are trained to recognize when there may be a legal issue that needs addressing, and contact us for advice when needed. 

Get in touch

If you would like help, advice or training from Street Legal, or would like more information about the project, please contact Rachel Farrier (Project Coordinator) on 07484 529627 or  [email protected].