|Welcome to the June edition of the Law for Life newsletter. In this issue we are very excited to bring you some great news: from the launch of the new Advicenow website, to insights into what the youngest members of our society make of law, and an opportunity to join the Law for Life team. But we don't want to spoil the surprise so, enjoy the read!
New resource for PLE trainers
We are delighted to announce the publication of a free, new training resource focusing on the development of legal capability, particularly for those working in community organisations and who do not have prior legal training (intermediaries). We have developed it together with our award-winning information service Advicenow (www.advicenow.org.uk). We would like to thank the London Legal Support Trust for funding this work.
Teaching guidance and handouts
The resource consists of 3 training modules containing teaching guidance and handouts. Three different legal topics have been paired with particular skills to form each module.
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We have recently produced our first films for litigants in person
The first one looks at how to represent yourself in court about a family problem if you do not have a lawyer. In this film we look at the questions people who have represented themselves told us they worried about most and show simple tips to help you put your side as well as you can. Watch it HERE
Our second film is a step-by-step guide to completing a financial statement (Form E) without the help of a solicitor. Viewers watch Rosemary as she completes her own form and explains what details you put where, and what all the gobbledygook actually means. Watch it HERE
So far these films have garnered excellent feedback. We are grateful to the FJC for funding these films and to all the LIPs, PSU volunteers and family lawyers that provided insight and feedback to help make these films as helpful as possible.
Law in Children’s Lives
Our Chief Executive Lisa Wintersteiger is pleased to be providing advice and support to a research team at the University of Leicester that is seeking to find out more about children’s understanding of law in their everyday lives. A particular concern of the project is to discover how far, if at all, children perceive law as an empowering force in their lives. The research is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under its transformative call; which has as its remit to ‘provide a stimulus for genuinely transformative research ideas at the frontiers of the social sciences, enabling research which challenges current thinking to be supported and developed.’ The project started in September 2014 and will publish its final report in February 2016.
The Law in Children’s Lives project is being led by Dr Dawn Watkins, a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester. She is supported by Dr Effie Law from the University’s Department of Computer Science and by two Research Associates: Dr Joanna Barwick and Dr Elee Kirk (picture below).