A new legal website, the first of its kind to provide accessible information about the law in Wales and how it affects children and young people, has been launched by Children’s Legal Centre Wales.

Designed to be accessible for children and young people, it concentrates on 10 main areas of everyday life that were identified as most relevant to young people. The website currently includes information about the law and how it affects children at home, at school, in their relationships and if they get into trouble with the police. The site, designed by Gwe Cambrian Web, also covers things like being online, on the street and health and wellbeing.

The website is the first phase of an exciting and innovative project by the Children’s Legal Centre Wales, the first dedicated centre for legal information in Wales housed at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University. The project aims to improve information about the law in Wales for children and young people, their parents and carers, professionals working with children such as social workers and those in education, and legal professionals representing children.

Hannah Bussicott, manager of Children’s Legal Centre Wales, said:

Devolution means that the law in Wales is now different to the law in England in a number of key areas that affect children and young people, but most of the information available online only considers the law in England, and doesn’t explain when the law is different in Wales. We’ve launched Children’s Legal Centre Wales website as a platform to address this gap and give children and young people a reliable source of information about the law in Wales.

When she visited Swansea in October 2017 to rename the School of Law, Hillary Clinton expressed the view that “…children are not simply passive observers in the world – they are and must be agents of change …”.

In order for children and young people to take on this role, they need information and support, including information about the law and how it affects them. The launch of the Children’s Legal Centre Wales’ website is a big step in the right direction.

The website was launched in June in the Senedd in Cardiff at an event organised by the School of Law and the Morgan Academy and sponsored by Elin Jones AM, the Presiding Officer of the Senedd. The ‘Children, Young People and Democracy’ event, showcased work relating to the place of children and young people in Welsh democracy today and the opportunities for developing this for the future.

Find the Children’s Legal Centre Wales website at www.childrenslegalcentre.wales