GLC will work along side the many family and early years services run by Children 1st in Glasgow. Our legal services will be aimed at families who are coping but whose debt and legal problems are in danger of becoming too much for them. We will ensure these families can access appropriate legal advice and representation alongside the intensive family support that the existing Children 1st services provide.
The project will also provide training to Children 1st staff so they can give basic advice and information, and ensure they have a basic understanding of the law as it relates to debt and benefits and that they are up to date with any changes.
GLC will run an advice service for family support workers and their clients; support family support workers who have complex cases; and take on legal case work referrals including defending evictions, appealing to social security tribunal and taking on judicial reviews and appeals to the Supreme Courts.
This is an exciting innovative project and fits with GLC's aim to intervene early as we can before problems become even more stressful, complicated and expensive for our clients. We will embed legal and advice services in existing models of family support, meaning we can intervene as early as we can to resolve immediate or escalating debt crises alongside other ongoing family issues, so that families can achieve the long term goals they are working towards with Children 1st.