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Project information

CHALKY - free phone advice line

a free phone advice line for children, young people and their parents and carers, on all issues pertaining to the law. This includes Special Education issues, Mental Health and welfare, at what age can I?, human rights and so forth.

June 2010 - December 2011

Charity information: Children's Law Centre

Children's Law Centre logo
  • Need


    Making children's rights information and advice accessible to children and young and their parents and carers.


    The free phone advice line will be an invaluable resource for those seeking information and advice - from the help line calls received - strategic case work will then set precedent in the courts.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make information and advice accessible to children, young people and their parents and carers


    » Provide a free phone advice line

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through the number of calls received to the helpline

    Aim 2

    Take test cases to influence the law to ensure best for young people


    » Use the free phone helpline to identify strategic casework

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by number of successful cases

  • Impact


    Long term changes will be the influencing and modification of policy and legislation over the longer term, to ensure that children's rights are paramount and ensuring that children are consulted on issues pertaining to them.


    Public awareness of the service - we are aware that we must at every opportunity promote the service to the potential service users. We have to ensure that the PR activity generates sufficient calls to the help line. Promotion is vital. We have developed a Communications Strategy to ensure that we are maximising all opportunities to promote our cause.


    Bi monthly stats can be provided on the breakdown of number of calls received to the helpline and the issues being addressed.

    Donors could be kept informed on the number of test cases being progressed.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 helpline running of advice line
  • Background


    The Children's Law Centre is located within Belfast - but we provide a service to all children and young people across Northern Ireland


    Any child, young person, parent or carer who has a query regarding children's rights. We have had direct contact with families across Northern Ireland on all sorts of issues from Mental Health, Special Education issues, Suspensions/Expulsions, bullying and suicide to name a few.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We provide a unique free legal 'advice & action' strategic litigation service that allows us to change the law to the benefit of all children and young people in Northern Ireland. We employ specialist solicitors to take on strategic casework to ensure that precedents are set ensuring the best possible outcomes for all children in Northern Ireland.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paddy Kelly