New Policy Bulletin
Law Centre (NI) Policy Bulletin 17 is out now, giving an update on policy issues the Law Centre has been working on in the first quarter of 2014.
Frontline 91 Spring 2014
Separated children, Modern slavery bill, Welfare reform, Benefit cap, NIASC, Budget 2014, Housing equality, Care homes, Benefit rates 2014-2015
Sneak preview: Law Centre training plans for next quarter
6 May Welfare Rights Advisers Programme - 8 days - Introductory level
20 May Introduction to Mental Health Law - Introductory/Intermediate
23 May Understanding Universal Credit - Introductory/Intermediate
29 May Personal Independence Payment - Introductory
10 June Carers and their Rights - Advanced
12 June Dublin III Regulation - ½ day - Advanced
20 June Social Security Appeals – Identifying Errors in Law and Appeals to the Social Security Commissioner - Advanced
15 May Understanding Universal Credit - Introductory/Intermediate
22 May Personal Independence Payment - Introductory
18 June Carers and their Rights - Advanced
Law Centre training counts towards CAB, Law Society and Bar Council Continuing Professional Development.
All courses are mapped towards National Occupational Standards.
Welfare Rights Adviser Programme is accredited by Open College Network Northern Ireland.
For more information, contact training officer Eamon Doherty on 9024 4401 or administration manager (Western Area Office) Elaine McCorriston on 7126 2433
Or visit our website: www.lawcentreni.org
Community Care Briefing: Identifying and meeting a carer's needs
Law Centre Community Care Briefing 32: Identifying and meeting a carer's needs is now available. This briefing provides a synopsis of the law and guidance governing the assessment of need process for individuals who provide informal care to adults with social care needs.
It is of use to trust staff required to conduct carers' assessments and also to those carers undertaking an assessment of their needs.
Apprentice solicitor vacancy
The Law Centre is offering an apprenticeship for law students who have secured a place at either the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queens University Belfast or the University of Ulster Graduate School of Professional Legal Education.
We will be able to offer advice, casework and advocacy experience in one or more of our areas of work, alongside dealing with legal aid applications and an opportunity to gain experience of how the Law Centre’s work contributes to policy development.
For more information and an application form please visit the Work With Us page.
Community care briefing: Domiciliary care eligibility
The Law Centre has a new community care briefing available on assessing eligibility for domiciliary care services.
This briefing examines a case taken by Law Centre (NI) in the matter of
an Application by Kathleen McClean for Judicial Review  (McClean’s
The decision in McClean’s Application is of relevance to any health and/
or social care professional required to assess an adult’s eligibility to
access a domiciliary care service from the Trust.
Benefit and Tax Credit rates 2014
The new Benefit and Tax Credit rates for 2014-2015 are now available.
Vacancy at Children's Law Centre
Recptionist/Admin Assistant (Part time 18 hours per week)
Ref: RAA 03/14 NJC Salary Point 16 - £16,604 per annum pro rata
The Receptionist/Admin. Assistant will have at least 2 years secretarial and word processing experience, RSA Stage II word processing/typing or equivalent, 5 GCSEs at grade C and above to include English and Maths or equivalent.
Experience of Sage Line 50 Accounts, Microsoft Office, databases and file management. A commitment to children’s rights and participation is essential.
Attractive terms and conditions apply including Company Pension and Employers for Childcare Voucher scheme.
This post will initially be for 1 year but has good prospects for renewal.
Application packs can be downloaded from our website:
or apply in writing quoting reference number to:
Closing Date: 12 pm Friday, 28 March 2014
Interviews will be held on: Wednesday, 9 April 2014
The Children’s Law Centre is an equal opportunities employer
Law Centre (NI) will accept expressions of interest in short-term (minimum of three months) placements to volunteer in one of the following areas of casework: immigration, social security, employment and community care.
Vacancy - Legal Adviser (Mental Health)
The Law Centre is seeking candidates for the post of Legal Adviser (Mental Health) for maternity leave cover.
Full details and an application form can be found on our Work With Us page.
Migrants and benefits: a new guide
Law Centre (NI) has published an advisers' guide on Migrants and Benefits, on behalf of Belfast Integration and Participation Project.
Working for progress for refugees, asylum seekers and people who have been trafficked
We gave evidence last week to the Justice Committee on the Human Trafficking Bill.
Liz Griffith, policy officer at the Law Centre, spoke yesterday on Radio Ulster Talkback about the challenges faced by asylum seekers in NI:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vpfmd (fast forward to around 20 minutes into the prgramme)
Les Allamby's contribution to 'Nowhere to go' a programme about destitute asylum seekers, clarified the position of asylum seekers as regards benefits:
The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister has announced that a crisis fund for refugees and asylum seekers is due to be set up:
DEL funded PhD opportunities at the School of Law, University of Ulster
There are PhD funding opportunities with DEL at the University of Ulster School of Law. Supervision areas include transitional justice, human rights, international law, socio-legal studies and legal theory: www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk/gradschool/law_projects.html.
Please feel free to contact potential supervisors to discuss proposals.
Funding opportunities are at:
Full details for applicants:
Deadline is 28 February 2014.
Changes in Child Maintenance
The Northern Ireland Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has been undergoing major reforms.
Parents should contact Child Maintenance Choices service to find out more about their options.
Choices can also signpost parents to additional support services in areas such as legal advice, mediation, parenting and finance.
For further information go to: www.nidirect.gov.uk/child-maintenance or phone 0800 028 7439.
Vacancy - PILS Project Development Officer
The PILS Project seeks a temporary Development Officer.
The PILS Project is an independent organisation which seeks to advance human rights and equality in Northern Ireland through the use of and support for public interest litigation.
The successful candidate will work with the PILS Project Manager and Solicitor to secure improvements in the protection and promotion of human rights in Northern Ireland. The post-holder will be responsible for working closely with PILS members to advise them on the potential of the PILS Project to help them with their objectives; will be responsible for managing PILS pro bono register; will be responsible for the project’s publications and communication systems; will monitor relevant case-law; carry out legal research and act as a conduit to the Project Manager and Solicitor on possible litigation efforts.
The successful candidate will have a law degree or a relevant social science degree, one year of legal experience post qualification or one year of experience working in a non-governmental organisation dealing with human rights issues, excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent knowledge of communication and information systems.
This is a 10-12 month temporary post with a salary of SO1, Pt. 30 £25,727 + 8% pension. Immediate start desirable.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 2pm, Friday 14 February 2014
Interviews will be held on the 26 February 2014
To discuss this post/project, interested individuals should contact Melissa Murray on 028 9044 6201.
Creating the good economy - NICVA conference - 31 January
Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action is holding conference to explore the economic position of young people, the wider causes and implications of intergenerational trends, and what should be done to ensure a good economy for young and old alike.
Speakers include Bonnie Greer, social commentator, Ed Howker, author of The Jilted Generation, and Richard Ramsey, Chief Economist at Ulster Bank.
Frontline 90 - Winter 13-14
Frontline 90 Winter 2013-2014 is now available online.
Human trafficking and the law conference - 10 January
Free One-Day Conference
Friday 10 January 2014, 9:30 - 17:00
Europa Hotel, Great Victoria St, Belfast
Last few places remaining - book online now
This conference is aimed at NGO staff, local government workers, lawyers,academics, support services and other front line agencies in contact with victims of human trafficking.
There will be sessions on:
• Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
• The National Referral Mechanism
• Working with Victims of Trauma
• Case Study Workshop
Also, breakout seminars on:
• The Rights of Trafficking Victims Under EU Law
• The Criminalisation of Trafficked Persons
• Child Victims of Trafficking
• Litigating Trafficking Cases at the European Court of Human Rights
(Pick any two of these whilst booking online)
Conference organised by the AIRE Centre - a specialist charity whose mission is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights. See more at: www.airecentre.org
Major conference on asylum law
The European Database of Asylum Law is holding an international conference on asylum law in Dublin.
'Reflections on the Current Application of the EU Asylum Acquis' a conference organized by staff of the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL), at the Irish Refugee Council, in conjunction with the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL).
Hilton Charlemont Hotel, Dublin, on Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 January 2014
The conference will be addressed by a number of distinguished speakers, including: Professor Guy Goodwin Gill, All Souls College, Oxford and Matrix Chambers
UK Judge Lars Bay Larsen, President of the Tenth Chamber of the Court of Justice of the EU Dr. Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, UK
Ms. Nuala Mole, AIRE Centre, UK
Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey, President of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, UK
Mr. Bernard Dawson, Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, UK
Ms. Diane Goodman, Deputy Director, Bureau for Europe, UNHCR
Mr. Adriano Silvestri, Head of Sector, Asylum, Migration & Borders, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights
Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
as well as several other well-known and esteemed experts on asylum law from Ireland and abroad.
Registration is now open at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu. A reduced rate of €224 is available to IRC, ECRE and ICEL members, NGO employees and lawyers in their first 5 years of practice.
Reservations may also be made directly by phoning the ICEL Administrator 10am-2pm, Mon-Fri at +353-1-896 1845.
9 CPD points are available for attendance More details are available at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu.
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