Legal advice for parents of children with a disability or long-term illness

Our free legal advice service is designed to support parents of children living with a disability or chronic illness, both in-patients and out-patients of Alder Hey Hospital.

Advice given is in relation to the following areas

  • Support from the Local Authority including assessments, short breaks services, holiday play schemes, care at home, aids and adaptations, financial help with travel costs to schools, direct payments
  • Welfare Benefits general advice about entitlement to benefits related to a child’s disability, including disability living allowance, carers allowance and  blue badges
  • Education Provision

For more detail on the scope of advice we can give to clients, please visit our limitations section.

Our lawyers are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority or the Bar Standards Board and the Law Clinic has professional indemnity insurance.


The University of Liverpool Law Clinic has a regular presence in the main Atrium of Alder Hey Hospital on Mondays during term time providing a confidential drop-in service to parents or guardians of both in-patients and out-patients. Appointments may also be arranged in advance by contacting the Law Clinic directly.

If your child is not a patient of Alder Hey Hospital, you may still benefit from our advice service, however we ask that you make an appointment at Liverpool Law Clinic by completing a short case form or contacting the Liverpool Law Clinic directly.

Advice is provided by in-house solicitors, assisted by law students from the University of Liverpool Law Clinic. Our students have been trained in confidentiality and have signed our confidentiality agreement before taking part in this project.

By partaking in our advice service our students experience a real-life advisory role client-practicioner relationship ideal preparation for their future careers.

All advice will be given by our in-house solicitor. The scope of our services means that students being unable to provide legal advice on the day of the appointment.

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