We offer an advice line with a dedicated solicitor on all issues affecting migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children and young people, whether they are separated or in families.
What is your enquiry about?
- EEA / EU issues
- Welfare issues affecting a child in care or a care leaver with insecure immigration status
- British citizenship for children
- Education issues for migrant children
- Work and training
- Families who are undocumented – routes to regularisation
- Young people who are undocumented – routes to regularisation
- Renewals of leave to remain
- ‘Best interests’ of children and what this means in practice
- Family reunification / Dublin III
- ‘No recourse to public funds’ conditions
- Immigration fees and fee waivers
- Access to healthcare
- Age assessments and age disputes
- Criminal justice, detention and deportation of young people
- Children’s asylum claims
- Finding a lawyer, legal aid and exceptional case funding
Who can contact us?
If you need advice, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your email as soon as we can. This service provides one-off advice; we cannot take on cases.
We also operate a phone advice service, which is open on Mondays from 10am to 2pm, on 020 7636 8505.
Our advice line will try to help anyone with a query – front line practitioners in the statutory and voluntary sectors, parents/carers, and children and young people themselves. The demand for this line is high and we can only answer a limited number of calls. We ask that practitioners please contact us by email where possible.
If you have any difficulties accessing the advice line (such as a language barrier) please contact us by email so we can make suitable arrangements.
Before contacting us, please read the legal information above as this covers many of the common issues affecting migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children. If you have further questions and are a child, young person or family member, you can contact us by email.
Please note the MCP advice line is not an emergency service
Our advice line provides a confidential service. We take some personal details to allow us to link follow up enquiries and provide advice. Some details, such as age and query topic, are recorded and stored in anonymised form to help us improve our service.
We may contact past callers of the advice line by email or phone to ask questions that may improve our service within twelve months of the first contact. MCP staff member who speaks with you over the phone will ask your permission for us to do this. If you contact us by email, we may send you an email survey after you have received advice. If you would not like to receive this, please let us know in your advice email.