The number of older children with complex needs known to children's services departments has dramatically increased over recent years. According to the Children's Commissioner's 2019 stability index, there was a 25% increase in the number of children in care aged 16 and over from 2013/14 to 2017/18 and a 21% increase for children over 13. As a result, 23% of children in care are now aged over 16 and 39% are aged between 10 and 15.
Sarah Richardson, James Sandiford and Natasha Kirk appear in Family Law Journal examining the support available for vulnerable teenagers, whether they have been 'looked after' children or not. "Vulnerable children entering adulthood need specifically tailored support and protection to ensure
the daunting prospect of independence doesn't push them further towards
groups preying on children."
Fight the good fight was originally shared in The Family Law Journal (legalease).
Sarah is a partner in the children and education law team. She specialises in complex cases involving vulnerable adults and children during care proceedings and family disputes such as child arrangement orders and contact.
James is a senior associate in the children and education law team. As a member of the Law Society’s Children Law Panel James is able to represent children in court proceedings and he is a Resolution accredited specialist in private law children disputes and adoption.
Natasha is an associate solicitor in the children law team. She is experienced in advising clients in a wide range of matters including adoption, children arrangements following separation or divorce, care proceedings and injunctions. Much of Natasha's work involves international clients.
Family Law Journal December 2019