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Access to justice when children are deprived of their liberty

Published: 13th November 2023

2 minute read

A campaign by Family Rights Group to improve access to justice for families of children deprived of their liberty.

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Every year, thousands of children are deprived of their liberty by the Family Court. Some under secure accommodation orders. Many others under High Court orders.

Depriving a child of their liberty is a draconian measure. It can mean they are isolated, subject to high levels of restraint, and have a significant impact on their mental and physical wellbeing. Too often children deprived of their liberty are living in settings which do not meet their needs and are far away from their families and communities.

For their parents and carers, there is often no access to the information and legal advice they need to understand the situation. Without legal advice and representation, it is very difficult for families to understand what is happening, what their options are, and how to secure the best outcome for the child.

Family Rights Group’s analysis of the legal aim regime has found it riddled with anomalies and injustices. Urgent reform is needed.

We have made proposals to help get children and families access to the legal advice and representation they need.

We are now inviting supporters to back our call by signing our joint letter to the Ministry of Justice. Will you help us by adding your name to the letter here.

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