Children’s Legal Centre Wales receives funding boost

The Children’s Legal Centre Wales has secured a £150,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for the next three years.

Based in the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University, CLC Wales – which began in 2016 - will continue to develop accessible, bilingual online information for children and young people about the law in Wales and how it affects them.

In addition to the important work the Children’s Legal Centre Wales is doing in the community, the presence of the Centre in Swansea University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law will offer opportunities for students at the University to develop their skills.

CLC Wales will also continue to work closely with Lleisiau Bach Little Voices, the Big Lottery funded project which champions children as researchers, the Swansea Law Clinic which provides free legal advice and with the Observatory on the Human Rights of Children.

Professor Jane Williams, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law and Co-ordinator of the Observatory on Human Rights of Children said:

“This funding secures the short-term future of the Children’s Legal Centre Wales and allows it to develop the hugely important work it is doing to provide access to children and young people in Wales with accessible information about the law that affects them.”

Hannah Bussicott, Children’s Legal Centre Wales Manager, said:

“We’re delighted to have received this funding from such a supportive organisation. For a long time, Wales has been the only country in the UK without a dedicated children’s legal centre service.

“As devolution means increasing divergence between the law in Wales and that in England, it has become vital that children and young people in Wales have their own resource to find out what the law is in Wales and how it affects them.

“This funding means we can continue the important work we have been doing over the last 18 months, expanding our website and working with organisations to provide legal information in support of their projects.”