What we do
The ALC is not an organisation representing children’s lawyers or arguing for the interests of lawyers, but an organisation of lawyers representing children.
It exists to promote access to justice for children and young people within the legal system in England and Wales. Within that framework, its aim is to develop and improve the practice of lawyers in meeting the needs of children who become involved in legal processes by promoting standards of best practice and interdisciplinary training.
The ALC is a national association of lawyers working primarily in the area of public child care law. It has over 1200 members, mainly solicitors and family law barristers who represent children, parents and other adult parties, or local authorities. Associate members include legal practitioners, students and academics, Children's Guardians, social workers and other professionals such as medical experts.
The ALC is automatically a stakeholder in respect of all government consultations pertaining to law and practice in the field of children law.
The ALC exists to promote access to justice for children and young people within the legal system in England and Wales in the following ways:
- lobbying in favour of establishing properly funded legal mechanisms to enable all children and young people to have access to justice;
- providing high quality legal training, focusing on the needs of lawyers and non-lawyers concerned with cases relating to the welfare, health and development of children;
- providing a forum for the exchange of information and views involving the development of the law in relation to children and young people;
- a reference point for members of the profession, Governmental organisations and pressure groups interested in children law and practice.