Trustee (2 vacancies)

Voluntary role. Apply by 8 November.

Just for Kids Law (JfKL) is a charity founded in 2006 by two lawyers, Shauneen Lambe and Aika Stephenson, who recognised the children and young people they represented needed not only legal help but also support to address a range of issues, such as school exclusion, that had got them into trouble in the first place. Today we help young people navigate their way through challenging times: whether they are facing difficulties at school, immigration problems, are homeless, in need of social care support or are caught up in the criminal justice system. We do this through our unique model of working with individual children and young people which combines direct advocacy and development opportunities with legal advice and representation. Our most recent data shows that in 2018  we worked with 1060 children and young people and more than 90% of the young people we work with say they are happy with our support and that they know about their rights as a result of our help.

JfKL has gained a reputation for taking the evidence from our direct work with individual children and young people to fight for wider reform through strategic litigation and empowering children and young people to campaign. Over the last five years our campaigning has achieved significant changes to national law and legislation – one example being 17-yearolds are now treated legally as children in all regards when in contact with the police.

Just for Kids Law’s vision is for all children and young people in the UK to have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted, and their voices heard and valued. We exist to work with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform. We do this by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and through strategic litigation, campaigning and equipping others to work for children’s rights. Our values are to act with integrity, respect, courage and compassion. We put these values into practice in our relationships with the children and young people we work with, our colleagues and our partner organisations.

We are looking to recruit two new trustees to our board. We are looking for trustees with one or more of the following skills:

• Working as a barrister in criminal law representing children and young people

• Knowledge and experience of HR and people management gained through working in a senior HR role

It is a non-remunerated voluntary role that involves attendance at four board meetings a year and an annual board strategy session as well as involvement in board subcommittee meetings.

Please email info@justforkidslaw.org to receive an information pack including our Strategic Plan, Impact Report and most recent Annual Report. If you would like further information or to understand more about the role please contact Enver Solomon, CEO, at enversolomon@justforkidslaw.org .

Please apply in writing with a CV and covering letter to Carolyn Regan Chair of Trustees, via info@justforkidslaw.org The deadline for applications is Friday 8th November 2019.