About us

A network of people dedicated to access to justice to make sure children and young people’s community care needs are met.

The law is clear that no child or care leaver should go without their needs being met.

But many children and young adults don't get the support they need and don’t know what to do about getting it. Specialist lawyers called “community care lawyers” are able to advise and represent children and young people to use the law to help them get what they need from social services. Legal aid is available for this work.

The network exists to:
Make it easier for children and young people, as well as organisations supporting them, to find a lawyer.
Help community care lawyers keep up to date on relevant law and developments
Influence changes to law and policy affecting children and young people with community care needs
Making it easier to access a community care lawyer
By creating a database of community care lawyers available online to assist with searching for community care lawyers for children and young people.
A point of contact for inquiries about obtaining advice and representation for community care matters for children and young people (the network itself will not provide advice)
By creating a group of dedicated lawyers who are committed to representing children and young people and have a shared interest in developing good law and practice for children and young people
Help community care lawyers keep up to date on relevant law and developments
By running events
Sharing information about latest news and developments online
Influence changes to law and policy affecting children and young people with community care needs
By responding to relevant consultations
Working for change through lobbying government and local authorities
Creating a network of individuals and organisations that are committed to ensuring the community care needs of children and young people are met
Who is behind the CCCYP?
The network has been set up by Laura Janes, Chris Callender and Oliver Studdert following concerns that in order to ensure that children and young people are to get the support they are entitled to, this important area of law requires more attention and support than it is currently getting
What kinds of issues might CCCYP discuss?
Quality of education plans for children
Suitable support and/or accommodation for children and young people
Lawfulness of local policies for care leavers
What children with care histories who are not “care leavers” are entitled to
Identifying where ‘retrospective’ duties are owed
Role of personal advisers and social workers
What works – examples of effective practice
Responsibilities towards trafficked children
Challenging care assessments and plans
Challenging resource based decisions
Interplay between children services, mental health, health, housing, adult social care, probation and YOT services
Community care needs for children and young people with immigration and asylum issues
Support for victims of trafficking
Referrals under the National Referral Mechanism