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A new scheme where law students work with young people to raise awareness of children’s law and rights has won an award.

The pilot Street Law project has scooped the £1,000 Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant for its commitment to furthering relationships between Newcastle Law School and the local community.

Street Law aims to work with children and young people in the region to educate, engage, and encourage participation in issues surrounding children’s law and children’s rights.  The 12 students involved in the project will produce a range of materials on aspects of children’s law, as well as leading sessions with young people and their families to raise awareness of the law as it applies to them.

Professor Kathryn Hollingsworth and law lecturer Jenny Johnstone submitted the grant proposal. They said: “We are delighted to receive the Alistair MacQueen Memorial Grant in support of our pilot ‘children and young people street law’ project. This is the first stage of the project, which we hope to roll out and extend in future years.  Getting external financial support at this early stage is a huge boost to us and will help to secure the future success of Street Law at Newcastle University.”

The grant was set up in memory of legal publisher Alistair MacQueen to provide financial support to a charitable outreach or pro bono initiative launched or developed by a UK law school. The cash will support the expansion of the project, allowing more students to attend relevant training with local youth workers, and benefiting a greater number of people.

Further information may be obtained from Professor Hollingsworth.

 

published on: 22nd February 2012