Care leavers and the ‘local offer’

New duties introduced under the Children & Social Work Act 2017 will include a requirement for local authorities to set out exactly what support they are offering to care leavers and the extension of help of a personal adviser to all care leavers up to the age of 25.


CCLC seeks Justice First Fellow for 2018

The Justice First Fellowship Scheme was established by the Legal Education Foundation and is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy, City Bridge Trust and a number of law firms.


The EU (Withdrawal) Bill and protecting children’s rights

In advance of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Thursday 7th September, Coram Children Legal Centre, with other key children’s charities, has called for an amendment to the Bill to ensure that children’s rights are protected.


Lawful and unlawful exclusions

Evidence from our Child Law Advice Service suggests that the number of children excluded from school may be significantly higher than officially recorded.


What will Brexit mean for children?

Of the three million EU nationals living in the UK, 679,000 were under 18 in 2016. What is the government’s current position and what is it proposing for the status of European children after the UK finally leaves the EU?


CCLC patron Brenda Hale appointed first female president of the Supreme Court

We are delighted that our patron The Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond is to become the first female President of the Supreme Court. Baroness Hale was confirmed in the role in an announcement by Downing Street today. Baroness Hale began her legal career as an academic at the University of Manchester, and after…



New website for the Refugee Children’s Consortium

The RCC began as, and remains, a lobbying group that brings together organisations with expertise in refugee and/or children’s issues. Together we contribute to the debate on how refugee and migrant children’s rights can best be protected in an increasingly hostile environment.


Home Office ‘deport first, appeal later’ policy ruled unlawful

Today the Supreme Court ruled that the Home Office policy of ‘deport first, appeal later’ was unlawful. This is of particular importance in light of the recent extension of out-of-country appeals to all human rights applications. Under the Immigration Bill 2016, the Secretary of State gained the power to certify the claim of someone appealing…


Legal routes to status and permanence for undocumented children

CCLC has today published a new guide called ‘Securing permanent status: existing legal routes for children and young people without leave to remain in the UK.’ This guide was first published in 2013 to outline to individuals, organisations and policy-makers the legal routes through which children and young people can attain status in the UK where…


CCLC brings important case on legal costs in tribunal proceedings

An important judgment in an education case brought by CCLC sets out the law and procedure which should apply when applications for costs are made in the First Tier Tribunal. In the case of MG v Cambridgeshire County Council (SEN) [2017] UKUT 0172 (AAC), CCLC represented the parent of a child with special educational needs…


Schools attendance and term-time holidays

At the start of April, the Supreme Court ruled in a high-profile case on the issue of taking a child out of school during term time. A year previously, Jon Platt took his youngest daughter out of school for seven days to go on a family holiday to Disneyland Florida during term time without permission.…