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CCLC welcomes new report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner on the experiences of unaccompanied children refused asylum

10 April 2014: Coram Children's Legal Centre welcomes the report published today by the Office of the Children's Commissioner, 'What's going to happen tomorrow?' Unaccompanied children refused asylum. Read more...

CCLC statement on the government's response to the JCHR's legal aid report

28 February 2014: On 27 February the government responded to the report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights into the Implications for Access to Justice of the Government's Proposals to Reform Legal Aid. These proposals include the introduction of a residence test, which will require every applicant for civil legal aid to show that they are both physically present and lawfully resident in the UK, and that the period of lawful residence has lasted for at least 12 months. Read more...

CCLC statement following the government's response to the JCHR report on unaccompanied migrant children and young people

13 February 2014: Coram CLC is disappointed that after such a long delayed response to the JCHR report, the government has done little more than to reiterate its present policies. Read more...

Children and Families Bill: 'shared Parenting' legislation amendment places child welfare before presumption of equal contact

5 February 2014: The Shared Parenting Consortium, led by Coram Children's Legal Centre has successfully campaigned for an amendment to clause 11 which clarifies that 'involvement' means 'involvement of some kind, either direct or indirect, but not any particular division of a child's time'. Read more...

Minister finds out how vulnerable children and families benefit from the work of Coram Children's Legal Centre

28 January 2014: Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, got to hear first-hand how free legal advice proves invaluable in helping some of the country’s most vulnerable children and families get access to justice, when he visited the charity Coram Children’s Legal Centre today. Read more...

CCLC welcomes the legal aid report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

13 December 2013: Coram Children’s Legal Centre welcomes the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the implications for access to justice of the Government’s proposals to reform legal aid, published today. Read more...

Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into the implications for access to justice of the government's proposed legal aid reforms

September 2013: CCLC written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry. Read more...

Immigration Bill will damage children’s welfare warns leading legal charity

11 November 2013: A briefing for Parliamentarians by children’s charities and legal experts hosted by MP Sarah Teather will be held tomorrow as a new report is published on undocumented children’s rights. Read more...

Measures in Immigration Bill threaten children's rights

10 October 2013: The Immigration Bill published today contains measures that would have very serious implications for the rights of children in the UK. Read more...

Interactive digital guide helps prepare adopters

1 August 2013: Adoption information service, First4Adoption, has created a new digital guide. Read more...

CCLC calls for change on the anniversary of the new family migration rules

9 July 2013: CCLC calls on the government to review the changes to the family migration rules that were introduced a year ago today. Read more...

CCLC welcomes the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on separated migrant children

12 June 2013: CCLC welcomes the report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the human rights of unaccompanied children and young people in the UK. Read more...

CCLC supports parliamentarians' call for an urgent review of the family migration rules

10 June 2013: CCLC welcomes the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration into the new family migration rules. Read more...

Lengthy disputes about the age of unaccompanied children are causing significant harm and high costs

17 May 2013: A new CCLC report finds the inadequate system for assessing the age of children who arrive alone in the UK is having a damaging impact on children and is costing local authorities up to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Read more...

Another Home Office policy concerning children found to be unlawful

8 May 2013: Coram Children’s Legal Centre welcomes a new High Court judgment upholding the rights of children affected by immigration decisions. Read more...

Coram Children’s Legal Centre welcomes new guide on entitlements for adoptive families released today

3 May 2013: Adopters can find out what services and support they and their adopted children are entitled to in a new adoption ‘passport’ released by the Government today. Read more...

All children entitled to their rights in police custody

25 April 2013: Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) intervened in a High Court judicial review, R (on the Application of HC) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department and The Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. Read more...

First4Adoption's new online service to support 1-in-7 who would adopt

5 April 2013: Adoption information service First4Adoption has launched a comprehensive online service www.first4adoption.org.uk to support people who are interested in adopting. Read more...

Response to government proposals to limit migrant children’s access to education

28 March 2013: Coram Children’s Legal Centre is deeply concerned that the Government has considered preventing migrant children from accessing education and is looking to require schools to check the immigration status of their pupils. Read more...

Statement on International Migrants Day

18 December 2012: On International Migrants Day, Coram Children's Legal Centre calls on the UK government to ensure that children’s rights are central to the UK’s response to migration. Read more...

Child Protection Project to expand its services

18 December 2012: In the face of growing demand for legal advice on child protection issues, Coram Children’s Legal Centre is developing its Child Protection Project advice services and keeping them free for users while looking for new sources of funding. Read more...

New Head of Legal Practice and Practice Manager at CCLC

17 December 2012: Noel Arnold is joining Coram Children’s Legal Centre as Head of Legal Practice and former Head of Education Practice, Ed Duff, will be taking over as Practice Manager in Colchester. Read more...

Tribute to Justice Arthur Chaskalson

3 December 2012: Syd Bolton, solicitor with Coram Children's Legal Centre, pays tribute to Justice Arthur Chaskalson, former Chief Justice of South Africa, who died on 1 December. Read more...

2013 Legal aid telephone advice contract awarded to CCLC

28 November 2012: Coram Children's Legal Centre has successfully tendered for the specialist telephone and face-to-face legal advice contract awarded by the Legal Services Commission. Find out more...

Response to withdrawal of government officials from JCHR oral evidence session on migrant children into UK

27 November 2012: CCLC is disappointed by government officials' withdrawal from the Joint Committee on Human Rights oral evidence session on 27 November, which was being held as part of the Committee’s inquiry into the human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK. Read more...

Barrister wins award for defending the rights of migrant children

12 November 2012: Congratulations to Manjit Singh Gill QC for his special commendation at the 2012 Bar Pro Bono Awards for defending the rights of migrant children. Syd Bolton, solicitor with CCLC's Migrant Children's Project, had nominated him for the award. Read more...

CCLC welcomes European Court of Human Rights' judgment that teenage rape victim should have been given unhindered access to abortion

6 November 2012: Coram Children's Legal Centre intervened as an expert on children's rights in a case concerning the Polish government's treatment of a teenage girl made pregnant through rape, which was concluded on 30 October 2012 in the European Court of Human Rights, finding in favour of the teenager and ordering Poland to pay damages. Read more...

CCLC features on BBC Inside Out's programme on migrant children

5 November 2012: CCLC is extremely concerned that children without regular immigration status, many of whom were born in the UK, often have strong claims to legalise their status but cannot get the legal advice they need. BBC’s Inside Out London programme tonight (5 November) examines the plight of ‘stateless children’ and discovers how they are open to exploitation and abuse. Read more...

CCLC Response to HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on announced inspection of Cedars Pre-Departure Accommodation

23 October 2012: Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) is extremely concerned by several of the findings in the HM Inspectorate of Prisons report on Cedars and reiterates its call for an end to the immigration detention of children. Read more...

Response to the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group report on human trafficking

18 October 2012: Coram Children’s Legal Centre wants concerted efforts made to ensure that victims of trafficking are not criminalised for crimes they are forced to commit and for immigration offences. Read more...

Recession-busting free legal advice hits record levels as CCLC celebrates first anniversary

25 September 2012: This month Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) celebrates its first anniversary as part of the Coram group with the number of people using its telephone helplines, online services and legal representation hitting a record 120,000, up 33% on the previous year. Read mroe...

Gap year student Catherine Yarrow completes epic walk through Britain for CCLC

20 September 2012: Three months after setting out from Land's End in Cornwall, gap-year student Catherine Yarrow has completed her 1,200 mile walk to John O'Groats, raising money for Coram Children's Legal Centre, where her sister Liz works as a researcher. Read more...

Legal advice helplines on standby to answer GCSE and A level student queries as results day looms

14 August 2012: Students needing legal advice about continuing their education in the aftermath of their GCSE or A level results can call Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s (CCLC) education advice lines to establish their rights and legal options. Read more... 

Coram Children's Legal Centre welcomes Supreme Court clarification on the importance of children's rights in parental extradition cases

20 June 2012:  CCLC intervened to make submissions on the weight and importance to be given to the interests of children whose parents or carers face extradition. Read more... 

Funding cuts place separated refugee and migrant children at risk

16 May 2012 - The Migrant Children's Project publishes a new report on advice provision for separated migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, Navigating the System: Advice provision for young refugees and migrants.

School girl’s winning design promotes free legal support for children

18 April 2012 - Tilly, aged 15, created the winning screen saver design to promote Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s online Child Law Advice Service, which gives free advice on all areas of family, child and education law. To download the screen saver, the wallpaper and instructions for applying these to devices please see here.

Cherie Booth QC launches free online children’s legal advice service as helpline calls hit record levels

15 March 2012 - Cherie Booth QC, Patron of Coram Children’s Legal Centre, launched an innovative online service on Tuesday 13 March at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, at a vital time for families who might not otherwise have access to legal advice. 

Child Support Agency Reform Changes

31 January 2012 - Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) specialises in law and policy affecting children and young people. Working closely with those affected by the news of the current government welfare reform plans, CCLC would like to state that this reform is detrimental to the welfare system.

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