Groundbreaking national survey demonstrates worryingly low levels of legal understanding amongst the general population in England and Wales.
The Legal Education Foundation funded internationally renowned researchers Pascoe Pleasence, Nigel Balmer and Catrina Denvir to analyse data from the Civil and Social Justice Panel Survey 2010 and 2012. This is a unique survey where researchers tracked the impact of civil law problems over a period of time. The researchers went back to the same individuals two years after they were first interviewed about a legal problem, to see what impact it was having on them by then. The survey included innovative questions to test participants’ legal knowledge of every day problems, such as with rented housing, employment, taking goods back to a shop, and a relationship breakdown
The findings from this research have already been used by leading organisations Law for Life and Youth Access to inform their work and advance their objectives. To see how Youth Access have used this research to inform their work on the social determinants of young people’s mental health click here. To read Law for Life’s report on the implications of findings from this project for Public Legal Education click here.
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