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Website: www.justforkidslaw.org

Started: 2006

Based: London

Just for Kids Law runs a number of programmes aimed at providing support, advocacy and assistance to young people with a variety of needs. These include an educational programme providing representation and assistance to young people who are experiencing difficulties in their education, and a community care programme, taking referrals when there is no adequate local authority provision for young people.

The charity works in conjunction with the Youth Department of Lawrence & Co solicitors, which Shauneen also established and runs. She is qualified as a barrister in the UK and as an attorney in Louisiana, USA. She previously worked for Clive Stafford Smith at the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Centre and was a founding member and board member of Reprieve, a UK charity that fights for the rights of prisoners ranging from death row inmates to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

In 2010, Shauneen was chosen as a World Economic Forum 'Young Global Leader', and in June 2011 was made a Shackleton Fellow.  Just for Kids Law has recently created a new youth opportunities programme, a mentoring programme and recently opened a second office in north London.

Speaking about the charity, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, said: "I think JfK Law is a most remarkable new kid on the block, an inspirational social invention in the law where innovation is rare."