You may need to find legal help because you are going through a divorce or separation, supporting your child through problems at school, raising a complaint about your child’s medical treatment or struggling with housing or financial issues.
Legal processes can be incredibly stressful, time-consuming and emotionally draining for you as a parent. At times, things may feel overwhelming or confusing, and if this is the case, you might need support to work out what the next step is.
Remember that you and your child are not alone – on this page, you can find organisations that can help you.
Accessing legal aid
Legal aid can help you cover the costs of a legal process. You may be able to access free advice, help with negotiations and paperwork and a lawyer who can get your case ready and represent you in court.
For information about qualifying for legal aid, visit the government website.
Where can I find help?
Provides online information about different lawyers and legal options available to you.
Provides information and advice on issues such as divorce and separation, benefits, work, universal credit, debt, housing and immigration.
Webchat service available here.
Phone: 0800 144 8848 (England)
Phone: 0800 702 2020 (Wales)
Opening times: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Child Law Advice
Provides free legal advice about education and family issues to parents, carers and young people.
Opening times: 8am - 6pm, Monday – Friday
Family Rights Group
Provides support, information and advice to parents whose children are involved with, or in need of, social services because of safety or welfare concerns - as well as parents and relatives of children in the care system.
Phone: 0808 801 0366
Opening times: 9.30am - 3pm, Monday - Friday
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
Provides advice and information to parents and carers in Scotland if their child needs additional support for learning.
You can also use their webchat service or contact them via an online form.
Phone: 0345 123 2303
Opening times: 1pm - 4.30pm, Monday - Friday
National Autistic Society
Supports people with autism and their families.
Their Education Rights Service can help with information about educational rights and entitlements, as well as with specific issues such as school problems, assessments and education plans. Leave a message on the 24-hour answering service and someone will call you back, usually within 3-5 working days. Or contact them using their online form.
You can also find details for other services, including an educational tribunal helpline, a school exclusion helpline and a parent-to-parent support line on their website.
Phone: 0808 800 4102