Law firm partnership pro bono opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a new Kinship Advice Law Clinic. Many kinship families need legal advice about their rights and options regarding the care for their children beyond what Kinship are currently able to offer. The families Kinship work with have limited finances and cannot always afford to pay for the legal advice they need. The new Kinship Advice Law Clinic will provide essential one-off legal advice to kinship carers, to help them make the right decisions to secure a bright future for them and their kinship children.
Kinship are looking for partner law firms to work with them to provide free legal advice remotely to kinship carers across England and Wales via pre-arranged appointments.
They are looking for solicitors:
- who have experience of working with kinship carers and providing legal advice on related issues
- who have experience of providing housing legal advice
- who could commit to 3-4 hours per week to provide advice by telephone or through Zoom/Teams calls
- who have knowledge of legal issues affecting kinship carers in England or Wales
They are also keen to engage with any firms who are interested in developing strategic partnerships and making a financial contribution to support the free advice service and develop the Law Clinic into a bigger project.
Kinship develop evidence-based programmes that support kinship carers and their families and have a track record of excellence in this area. Their work influences national and local government kinship care policy and practice. Everything they do contributes to their mission: to ensure that kinship carers and the children they care for get the support and recognition they need.
There are around 200,000 children being raised in kinship care across the UK, according to the 2011 census, with a clear correlation between the prevalence of kinship care and deprivation. This is almost three times the number of children being raised in kinship care than foster care, yet kinship families receive considerably less support. Kinship carers are often older, poorer and in worse health than others raising children. Kinship children are also likely to have had similar difficult early childhood experiences as those being raised in statutory care.
Getting accurate legal advice at the start of their journey as a kinship carer, and subsequently making the right decisions, is essential to ensuring the very best future for the child coming into their care.
Caroline Bullen, Regional Development & Support Officer, London and South East