Free specialist legal advice and information on child, family and education law for parents, carers and young people in England from Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Family law

Legal information on family and children law matters in England. The information ranges from private law matters such as contact, domestic abuse and adoption to public law matters including local authority involvement with children and child protection.

Education law

Legal information on education law in England. The information ranges from the law on bullying, transport and home education to school admissions, exclusions and the duties of schools and local authorities to children with Special Educational Needs.

Attending court

For individuals who have made their applications in private family law cases. Features information on the court process and different types of hearings, explains the rules of evidence and the role of CAFCASS. There is also practical advice on representing yourself in court.

Child Law Advice

We are a digital-first service providing family and education law advice to parents, carers and young people in England.

We have lots of free to access content on our website. This is clear and easy to understand, giving you practical advice on the available next steps you can take.

If you need more in-depth knowledge on a particular topic, you can download one of our low-cost How-to guides.

If you need extra help after reading the advice on our website, we also have an email or telephone service.

The demand for our telephone service is very high and we are only able to answer a limited number of calls, so we recommend looking carefully for the answer on our website before you get in touch.

The Child Law Advice Service is operated by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, the UK’s leading children’s legal charity.

LawStuff is our dedicated website designed specifically for children and young people who want to find out information about their rights. The website hosts our popular resource at what age can I? as well as providing legal information on a wide range of issues including home and family, education and immigration.

What we can provide

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Up to 30 minutes of free legal advice via email and phone (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) on child, family and education law

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Free to view information pages

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Detailed How-to guides (fee applicable)

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A callback at a time that suits you (fee applicable)

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The services of an interpreter if you find it difficult to speak English

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Volunteering opportunities if you have a legal background

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Insight to influence policy development

What we cannot provide

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Our opinion or provide a second opinion

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Advice if you have instructed a solicitor or barrister

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Advice if the child you are calling about lives outside of England

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Legal representation or face-to-face advice

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Advice on areas outside of child, family and education law, including child maintenance and benefits

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Advice on the merits of an appeal

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Advice to professionals in relation to what you should be doing in your professional capacity

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Advice to students/professionals conducting research

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