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Coram Children's Legal Centre

Coram Children's Legal Centre

Coram Children's Legal Centre provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals, as well as international consultancy on child law and children’s rights.

For over 30 years, CCLC has helped thousands of children and young people through telephone advice lines, online information and individual case work. We offer expertise in all areas of family, child and education law, as well as immigration, asylum and nationality law, including:

  • Domestic violence
  • Child protection
  • School admissions.

Part of the Coram group of charities, CCLC is staffed by lawyers and professionals with expertise in child, family, education, immigration and human rights law.

Latest news

CCLC case on local authority support for destitute families

The High Court today held that the London Borough of Newham's policy on supporting families with no recourse to public funds is unlawful. The claimants are three children who brought the proceedings via their mother. They challenged Newham's failure to assess their needs lawfully and it's decision to provide only £50 per week to meet their and their mother's subsistence needs. This level of support was inadequate but Newham contended it was in accordance with its policy. The High Court held that the rates derived from child benefits were flawed and should not have been applied to the children. The High Court directed the local authority to reconsider the policy and consider what back payments should be awarded to the children.

Shu Shin Luh represented the Claimant children instructed by Noel Arnold of Coram Children's Legal Centre.

CCLC attends Colchester Carnival

Staff from the Coram Children’s Legal Centre took part in the Colchester Carnival on Saturday 19th July 2014 to raise awareness of the services offered by the centre. The carnival was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by several thousands of people. The Coram Children’s Legal Centre handed out sweets to children, and some adults, throughout the procession.



Our participation in the carnival would not have been possible without the kind donations and support we received from local businesses. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to express our thanks to the following companies and individuals:

1.    Lookers Renault Colchester – For supplying the car used in our procession
2.    Neil Damsell - ND Designs  - For the Coram CCLC professional signwriting placed on our procession car
3.    Jungle Adventure – For the loan of our character costumes and general support
4.    Tesco Highwood’s Colchester – For donating £84 of sweets to hand out to children watching the procession
5.    Asda Colchester – For their donation of helium balloons to decorate the procession car
6.    Sainsburys Colchester – For their donation of helium balloons to decorate the procession car
7.    Halfords Colchester – For donation of bike horns which were used during the procession
8.    Wilkinsons Colchester – For donation of a £20 giftcard to enable us to purchase essential items for the carnival
9.     Luke Dobson from Iceland, St John’s Street, Colchester – for his personal donation of sweets to hand out to children watching the procession

CCLC welcomes powerful judgement on unjustifiable legal aid residence test

16 July 2014: CCLC welcomes the unanimous judgment from the High Court that the proposed legal aid residence test is against the law. Read more...

Study by CCLC and IPPF shows that law acts as a barrier to young people getting sexual and reproductive health services

July 2014: A series of reports just published by CCLC and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), highlights how the law in different countries often restricts young people's access to sexual and reproductive health services. The study further found that taboos and stigma related to young people's sexuality are often made worse by restrictive laws. Read more...
Click here to read the reports

Programme Evaluation: Legal Assistance Pilot Scheme

July 2014: The International Team is looking for a consultant to Evaluate our EU funded project in South Africa, ‘Ending unlawful deprivation of liberty of women and children in South Africa’. Read more...

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