FREE online lawyer-led housing law training for Edinburgh providers of support services from Clan Childlaw and Shelter Scotland on 2nd July 2020 at 2pm - workshop focusing on temporary accommodation, including the impact of Covid-19 - sign up here.

Street Legal is an innovative partnership between Clan Childlaw and Shelter Scotland. Combining the expertise of both organisations, the project provides free legal advice and representation to young people aged 16 - 25 or families with children up to the age of 18 who are either experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh. 

This new partnership comes after a three years pilot project that was devised in response to our recognition 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.

The Street Legal project is the innovative combination of Clan Childlaw's legal expertise regarding the rights of children and Shelter Scotland's ability to engage with families with children who may be at risk of homelessness or not having their housing rights recognised. 

We provide both direct advice and representation to clients. We provide specialist legal training, support and guidance to colleagues from other agencies with a focus on 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 16-25 and you are homeless or facing homelessness
  • If you are in a family with a child up to the age of 18 that is 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
  • If you have any questions about your housing or accommodation rights.
  • If you are supporting a young person or family 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 recognise when there may be a legal issue that needs addressing, and contact us for advice when needed. 

Available training:

  • Housing Law Advice Online Course, a SQA accredited Professional Development Award Level 7 on Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), course will begin in April 2020
  • Online courses
  • A series of lawyer-led workshops

Lawyer-led workshops

We have now scheduled three free solicitor-led workshops aimed at frontline staff in Edinburgh whose service users may be at risk of homelessness as follows:

  • 24/03/20: Standards in and affordability of temporary homeless accommodation;
  • 19/06/20: Eligibility for homeless assistance & social work duties to families with No Recourse to Public Funds
  • 18/09/20: Defending evictions in the Sheriff Court/Tribunal

Get in touch

If you would like help, advice or training from Street Legal, or would like more information about the project, please contact Parisa Shirazi (Project Coordinator) on 0748 451 0824, [email protected] or call 0808 1290522.