Community Law and Mediation Limerick has recently published the Children in voluntary care - information for parents and guardians leaflet. Download the leaflet here.
On Thursday 15th December 2016 CLM Limerick launched an information booklet and online guide on Voluntary Care with the support of PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) and Hewlett Packard. We were delighted to have Dr Carol Coulter in attendance to launch the guide. In her address, Dr Coulter highlighted the lack of transparency and independent oversight in relation to Voluntary Care.
Voluntary Care is when permission is given by a parent for their child to be taken into care. It is different from statutory care, which is where the State, through Tusla, applies to court for an order giving it permission to place a child in care.
Placing a child in voluntary care is a big decision. It is important that parents fully understand what they are agreeing to and how it affects them and their child. This is why CLM Limerick have put together this information booklet to be made available for everybody who would like to know about this very important topic.
Click here our online guide.
CLM and FLAC have published two guides to the law underpinning the recovery of social welfare overpayments. The guides are aimed at helping people to understand their rights and obligations when a claim is made by the Department of Social Protection for return of money which the Department says has been overpaid.
Community Law & Mediation, FLAC and the Phoenix Project, with the support of the Citizen’s Information Board, have written a Guide to Possession Proceedings in both the Circuit Court and High Court for those in mortgage arrears facing repossession of their family home. This project was undertaken as a result of the current trend towards increased applications for court ordered possession of family homes in mortgage arrears and against the backdrop of the paucity of legal assistance for borrowers facing such legal proceedings. The aim of the project is to provide easily digestible information for borrowers served with such court proceedings to empower them to make informed decisions and to somewhat address the current power imbalance that exists in favour of lending institutions.
Community Law & Mediation received funding in 2012 from Limerick Regeneration and the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) to establish a community law and mediation service in Limerick.
With the support of the Citizens Information Board, the housing group launched the booklet “Social Housing Rights Explained”. The booklet, a collaboration by the housing group, provides information to tenants, prospective tenants and supporting service providers on housing issues and information on where they can get further support. It also outlines the legal responsibilities of local authorities.
The Social Welfare Appeals System: Accessible & Fair? Report was commissioned by Community Law & Mediation, formerly Northside Community Law Centre) in 2005. In 2003 we received funding from the Combat Poverty Agency to carry out a review of the accessibility, effectiveness, independence and fairness of the social welfare appeals system. This report is the result of this task. It recommends changes to increase access for appellants to independent information, advice and representation and to make the system more accessible, particularly for the most vulnerable.