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Children Law Accreditation

  • What is Children Law Accreditation?

    The Law Society's Children Law Accreditation covers all types of children law work.

    Accredited members will have shown that they have achieved the required level of competence and knowledge, as defined by the Law Society in the area of children law and the representation of children.

    All accredited Children Law practitioners also agree to follow the Law Society Code of Practice for Children Law (PDF 50kb). The code outlines the standards of practice and conduct expected of accredited members throughout their accreditation.

    The Children Law Accreditation provides a recognised quality standard for practitioners representing children in children law proceedings and is a means of identification for professionals such as guardians to identify suitably qualified practitioners when representation of a child is required.

    Who is membership for?

    The accreditation is designed for children law practitioners who are able to demonstrate awareness, knowledge and expertise in children law proceedings and the representation of children in such proceedings.

    Only solicitors and chartered legal executives who are employed by a solicitor and hold the Rights of Audience Matrimonial Proceedings/Family Proceedings Certificate (or other appropriate advocacy qualification) awarded by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), may apply.

    Although there is no minimum requirement for time spent in practice in this area of law before applying, applicants must ensure they have sufficient experience to clearly demonstrate their abilities.

    To view all current members of the scheme, download a list of members (PDF 2 MB). This list is updated each month.

    For further information, such as languages, specialist areas of practice and court areas covered, see the Children Law accredited members list (PDF 2 MB). This information has been provided on a voluntary basis from accredited members and is not independently verified by the Law Society. The Law Society will not accept any legal liability pertaining to the accuracy of information displayed in the attached table.

    Why apply for Children Law Accreditation?

    Children Law Accreditation evidences the required level of competence and knowledge in representing clients in Children Law proceedings and also provides the following benefits:

    • ensures that clients can confidently select a qualified professional with proven competency in children law proceedings
    • achieves accredited status and confirms your expertise in representing children, allowing you to be instructed by CAFCASS/guardians
    • assessment against an accreditation recognised by the Legal Aid Agency to enable you to undertake publicly funded representation of children
    • shows that you maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise in the field through re-accreditation
    • demonstrates your conformity to a best-practice quality mark that prospective clients can trust

    How do I apply for accreditation?

    See the how to apply page for full details on how to apply.

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