Separated migrant children to be granted legal aid following NGO campaigning

Coram Children’s Legal Centre welcomes today’s announcement from the Ministry of Justice that immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children in care will be brought back into the scope of legal aid. We look forward to working with the Ministry of Justice to amend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO)…


New GLA guidance for young Londoners on securing rights to citizenship and residence

On 3 July 2018 the Greater London Assembly published new guidance aimed at helping young Londoners to secure their citizenship or immigration status. CCLC wholeheartedly welcomes the publication of this guidance by the GLA. Support from the Mayor of London for young people with insecure immigration status – young people Sadiq Khan called ‘London’s DREAMers’…


Victory for victims of trafficking and modern slavery in legal aid dispute

UK government confirms legal aid available for victims of trafficking following court challenge Legal aid is vital for children and young people to realise their rights. However, legal aid was cut for a number of areas of law – the negative impact of which is explored in our recent report. One area where it was still available was for victims…


Child trafficking and ‘county lines’ – new guide from the Youth Justice Legal Centre

CCLC recently collaborated with the Youth Justice Legal Centre (‘YJLC’) and others on a guide about  ‘county lines’ and trafficking. This new YJLC guide is intended to give criminal lawyers and professionals information about county lines gangs, child trafficking & modern slavery defences for children. County lines, trafficking & child criminal exploitation (CCE) County lines is “the…


Access to justice for abuse victims

On 5 December, the Ministry of Justice announced that it would relax the rules on the evidence that must be provided legal aid to be granted in cases of domestic violence or child abuse. Under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), virtually all private family law issues were removed from…




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…


Report: Growing up in a hostile environment

‘Undocumented children are triply vulnerable, as migrants, as persons in an irregular situation and as children. The laws tend to tackle their situation from a migration and status standpoint, and not from a child viewpoint’ Council of Europe A recent estimate put the number of undocumented migrant children in the UK at 120,000, with over…



Report: Navigating the system – advice provision for young refugees and migrants

‘Every child matters even if they are someone subject to immigration control’  Prompted by concerns raised through our advice and casework that many services for young refugees and migrants in England were inadequate, unavailable or facing an uncertain future, Coram Children’s Legal Centre undertook a review of the level and quality of advice and representation…