• Paralegal

    Birkenhead, Merseyside

  • Job description

    NYAS is a leading children’s charity providing advocacy services for children and young people from 0-25, across England and Wales for over 30 years. Our work helps make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people when they are in desperate need of help.

    We are looking to recruit a Paralegal to join our legal team in Birkenhead. In this role you will assist with the conduct of legal proceedings on behalf of children and young people represented by NYAS.

    Your role

    • Using case management systems to keep accurate records
    • Assisting the solicitor/legal director with legal advice and representation
    • Attending the court with Counsel and meeting with parents and children
    • Preparing instructions for Counsel, caseworkers and experts from case papers
    • Working within agreed performance targets from the Legal Director and CEO

    You will need:

    • Ability to work using your own initiative
    • High attention to detail and accuracy
    • Good level of education – a degree is desirable
    • Excellent communication skills & a professional telephone manner
    • Commitment to the independent representation of children and young people

    Interview date: Wednesday 28th November

    Hours: up to 35 hours per week, part time hours considered

    To comply with NYAS’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

    NYAS is an equal opportunities employer.

  • If you think you'd be perfect for this role,

    we'd love to hear from you

  • About National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS)

    NYAS offers a variety of services including:

    • A national advocacy helpline.
    • Advocacy for children in care and those in need – including children subject to child protection plans, care leavers, children and young people with disabilities.
    • The provision of independent visitors for children in care.
    • Legal representation of children in private family law.
    • Advocacy to adults in-inpatient mental health settings.

  • NYAS Helps:

    • Children whose parents have separated and are fighting about who the children should live with.
    • Children and young people in care who are not happy in their placement.
    • Children and young people in care who aren’t seeing their siblings.
    • Care experienced mothers whose local authority is threatening to take their own children away.

  • NYAS Recognises

    Every child has the right to keep in regular contact with both parents if this is in their best interests. Through its network of Family Contact Centres, the charity has continually sought to work with families and uphold the rights of the child by providing a safe and supportive environment for contact to take place. NYAS provides Family Contact Centres in Birkenhead and Liverpool to allow parents who are separated from their children to rebuild their relationship as a family.