Charity seeks aspiring lawyers to advise children in difficulty

A charity is recruiting aspiring lawyers to work for a year as ‘youth advocates’, helping children understand their legal rights.

Just for Kids Law provides advocacy and support to young people in difficulty. It has launched the lottery-funded ‘Advocacy First’ scheme as a method to ensure children and young people understand their legal rights and that their wishes are adhered to.

Advocacy First will train up people to work in Just for Kids Law’s outreach team. Working from the charity’s London’s Canning Town base, they will accompany children and young people to meetings and be a point of constant contact across the various different agencies with which a child may be working.

The year-long role is open to all graduates. Advocates will be given basic training in the law relating to education, community care, youth justice, immigration and welfare benefits, and paid a stipend for the year equivalent to the London living wage.

Just for Kids Law director Shauneen Lambe said: “The legal field is becoming increasingly competitive and we believe Advocacy First will appeal to graduates who want to stand out to future employers. Law firms and chambers want applicants who can show they are good at thinking on their feet and responding well in different situations.”

Joint head of Outer Temple Chambers Michael Bowes QC added: “Advocacy First is a brilliant opportunity for graduates who are considering becoming lawyers to learn practical advocacy skills by helping young people in need. Being selected to be on Advocacy First would be a definite plus point on anyone’s CV.”