A lawyer is a person who can give you advice about the law and defend your rights – by writing letters, attending meetings or going to court, for example.

There are many different reasons why a child may need or have a lawyer. This includes:

  • You are suspected or accused of committing a crime.
  • You need help to make sure your school follows your Education, Health and Care plan.
  • A family court is considering whether a care order should be made for you.
  • Your parents are separating and a family court is considering where you should live, and how often (if at all) you should see each parent.
  • Your rights have been breached and a lawyer is helping you to challenge this (this may include trying to get compensation/money).
Paying for a lawyer

If you need a lawyer, you could get one to advise or represent you for free. This is called a legal aid lawyer.

The rules that say who can get legal aid are complicated. Once you (or someone helping you like a parent or advocate) contact a law firm, a lawyer will ask you some questions about your situation to try and work out whether you can get legal help for free.

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