Cerebra’s Legal Entitlements Research Project is open to parents and carers of children aged 16 or under who have a neurological condition and who need help to resolve a legal problem regarding access to health, social care or (to a more limited extent) education support services.
Law students at Cardiff University (under the supervision of qualified staff, firms of solicitors and other disability organisations) can offer legal support to families by providing a written opinion which explains the relevant law and a draft letter which parents can send to the relevant local authority or health body.
As well as providing practical assistance to families, the legal advice scheme also forms part of a wider research programme, under the direction of Professor Luke Clements as our Academic Chair.
The aim of the research programme is to understand why public bodies sometimes fail to discharge their legal duties and identify effective ways of overcoming these problems, so that we can better equip families to resolve problems with the statutory agencies, and enable statutory agencies to improve their decision-making processes and reduce the likelihood of similar problems arising in future.
We have recently developed a new on-line request form for parents who would like to be considered for support from the Project. We hope that the new form will help parents to frame their request and enable us to capture all the relevant information at an early stage. Please let us know if you have any comments or queries about using the online form.
We have also published Project Guidelines which explain how the scheme works in more detail and describe the type of legal problems we may be able to help with.
If you have a legal question about your child’s access to health, social care or education services, please have a look at the Project Guidelines for further details and complete the online request form available on our website.