In some cases, a young person will need to be referred for legal advice.
To find out which organisations and solicitors offer legal aid services in housing locally, check on the Legal Adviser Finder.
If you cannot find a specialist legal adviser locally, and your client is 16 or 17 years old, the Coram Children’s Legal Centre might be able to help.
You are more likely to be able to make a referral to a specialist legal aviser if you have a pre-existing relationship with them than if you phone up with an emergency case that needs to be taken on that day. Contact them in advance to discuss the kind of problems your clients are likely to experience and referral arrangements. Explain that you may have emergency cases the time in time (for example, where a young person is homeless and may have to sleep rough) and ask about how to refer your client in these circumstances.
Legal advisers will often need lots of information about a case. When making a referral to them, make sure that, if possible, you have the following ready to send to them:
If either the young person or the legal adviser request it, you can accompany the young person to the appointment, provided this is acceptable to both the adviser and the young person.