University of Leeds School of Law

Our innovative Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project and the Legal Rights Service that runs alongside it have come out of our collaboration with the University of Leeds School of Law.

University of LeedsPublic bodies have certain legal duties to provide health, social care and other services for disabled children, but families can find it difficult to access these services. With this in mind, Cerebra awarded a research grant to the School of Law, University of Leeds to run a research programme called “Delivering legal rights: practical problem solving”. Professor Luke Clements leads the programme.

The research programme started at Cardiff Law School in 2013 and moved to the University of Leeds in January 2016, where Professor Clements is the Cerebra Professor of Law and Social Justice.


Our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project, which provides legal help and support to families who are having problems accessing health, social care or other services.

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Ana Aiello from the LEaP project explains how the experiences of families are critical to their research and why it’s so important to not just help individuals but to break down barriers, change policies and implement changes that will benefit society as a whole.

Annual Report

The programme is underpinned by broader research that looks at “what works” in terms of solving the problems families face. The research team analyses the effectiveness of different problem-solving techniques and uses the results to refine the type of support we give to families. Find out more in the 2021 annual report.

Student Research Papers

Our student researchers at the University of Leeds carry out research papers on some of the common themes arising from the LEaP casework.

Public Services Toolkit 

The team runs an innovative education programme which includes recruiting family research ambassadors, publishing the Accessing Public Services Toolkit and running workshops.

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