Children's Law Centre ‘Rights House’ 127-131 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 1SH

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What We Do


  • Compliment existing services provided by voluntary, community, statutory and legal sectors. 
  • Work in partnership with children, parents, carers and other agencies. 
  • Provide accessible information, advice and representation. 
  • Promote children's participation. 
  • Provide education and training programmes to increase understanding of children's rights. 
  • Engage in legislation and policy commentary.

Legal Services

CLC provides a child focused and child friendly legal advice, information and representation service unique in Northern Ireland. The work of the legal team includes:
  • CHALKY Freephone advice line for children/young people and their parents/carers.
  • Free legal representation for children/young people at educational tribunals, mental health review tribunals, SENDIST appeals etc.
  • Representation in a small number of strategic Judicial Reviews.
  • 3rd Party Interventions on key children's rights issues.

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Policy Work

The policy team at CLC works to ensure that all new legislation and policies are compliant with children's rights. This work involves:

  • Making consultation responses.
  • Briefing decision makers, partner organisations, children/young people and the general public.
  • Making written and oral submissions to Northern Ireland Assembly committees, direct engagement with politicians at a local, regional, national and international level.
  • Attending Party Conferences.
  • Consulting with children and young people and representing their views to decision makers.
  • Direct engagement and consultation with children and young people to inform CLC’s policy positions

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Training

CLC provides a range of training seminars for legal professionals, service providers, parents and carers on a wide range of topics related to children's rights. These include:
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Children's Human Rights in Practice
  • Rights of Homeless Young People
  • Mental Health
  • Access to Justice
  • Equality of Opportunity for Children and Young People
CLC also delivers children's rights workshops in schools and youth settings

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Youth Participation and Advocacy Work

The work of CLC is guided and directly informed by the views of youth@clc, our youth advisory panel.  Youth@clc inform our work through:
  • Participation in consultation responses
  • Running children's rights based campaigns

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BREXIT

Since the EU referendum in June 2016, the Children’s Law Centre (CLC) and the Dublin based Children’s Rights Alliance have been working in partnership to ensure the potential serious adverse impact of Brexit on children on the island of Ireland are fully addressed as part of the Brexit negotiations. We have been calling for children’s voices to be heard to inform the negotiations, no roll-back on existing rights, a recognition of the need to future proof for children’s rights developments and the need to protect the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Contact Info

Children's Law Centre
‘Rights House’
127-131 Ormeau Road,
Belfast,
BT7 1SH

Tel: 028 90245704
Fax: 028 90245679

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