Host Organisation: Clan Childlaw

Louise Herd

Louise developed an interest in human rights and the rule of law during her undergraduate degree. She went on to study an LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice.

Her career so far has been largely influenced by her family, studies, voluntary roles, working in the legal industry in practice, and the lovely, inspiring and supportive people she has met on the way.

She is delighted to be working with Clan Childlaw where she can practice a career based on helping others.

Project – Helping Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children are among some of the most vulnerable children in society. When looking to rebuild their lives, these children face a great number of barriers. They require urgent and specialist support and assistance (legal and otherwise) in order to ensure that they are both safe and secure in Scotland.

There are currently no law firms in Edinburgh taking on such work.

Together with her host organisation Clan, Louise aims to participate in helping to develop a child-centred, sustainable outreach service for such children.

The aims of this project include:

  1. Developing an understanding of the challenges, legal and otherwise faced by unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children.
  2. Building relationships with other organisations in order to ensure that we are best equipped to deal with the complex needs presented by these children.
  3. Taking on case work involving unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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