New guidance from charities working with separated migrant children outline how to access legal aid for this group.
In July 2018 it was announced that legal aid for immigration and nationality issues was being brought back into scope for all separated and unaccompanied children. Interim measures are in place and the law is expected to change this autumn. In the meantime, guidance has been published to help practitioners use this resource.
The changes are currently going through parliament and are expected to come into force later this year. When enacted, they will apply to all looked-after children, no matter what their immigration status or what kind of application is being made. Nationality (applications to register as a British citizen) and EU law (including applications under the EU settlement scheme) will be covered.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre, The Children’s Society, Islington Law Centre, Just for Kids Law and MiCLU have put together a briefing to raise awareness on how children can access legal aid while waiting for the changes to take effect.
This includes information on interim arrangements, exceptional case funding and practical guidance.