Coram Children’s Legal Centre shortlisted for prestigious legal award

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) has been shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Award, the highest accolade for law firms and organisations in England and Wales. CCLC has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Access to Justice category, recognising legal teams that go above and beyond to provide fair and equal access to those most…


The rights of unaccompanied children arriving in Kent

The Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium is a coalition of organisations working to promote the rights of children. We are deeply concerned about recent reports of what is happening to unaccompanied children who are arriving in Kent. 26 July 2021 We know from news, reports and our members’ work that too many children are being held…


Shortfall in children securing status through the EU settlement scheme

With less than a week to go before the deadline for applications to the EU settlement scheme, Coram Children’s Legal Centre is concerned that not all eligible children have applied. Applications from children have not yet met the numbers estimated to be needed in 2018, even though the number of applications overall has significantly outstripped…



Success for a child with special educational needs not accessing education

CCLC has successfully challenged a local authority which left a child with special educational needs out of education for years. CCLC’s Head of Education Law, Qaisar Sheikh, acted for the child in H v London Borough of Hillingdon, instructing Counsel Jake Rylatt of No5 Chambers. Multiple failures to provide education H has complex special educational…


Significant risk to children’s rights in the new asylum system

Upcoming changes to the Immigration Rules put children’s safety and welfare at risk The Home Office have published a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules that are due to come into force at 11pm on 31st December 2020 – the end of the transition period following the UK’s exit from the EU. These changes…


CCLC’S Qaisar Sheikh ranked in Chambers & Partners 2021

CCLC’s Head of Education Law, Qaisar Sheikh, has been ranked amongst leading solicitors for the second year in Chambers and Partners, in the category of Education Law. Qaisar leads our Education Law Team having worked in this field for the best part of a decade. He is highly experienced in education law, particularly special educational…


Children arriving in the UK held in immigration detention

Coram Children’s Legal Centre is deeply concerned by the recent reports of children being held in immigration detention facilities in Kent, after Kent County Council reached the limits of its capacity to provide safe care for any new children arriving in the area. Many children seeking safety in the UK do not have any family…




Coronavirus impact on EHC plans and children with special educational needs

CCLC examines the impact of coronavirus on schools, the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Tribunal and children on EHC plans or who have special educational needs Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) supports hundreds of families each year in appeals related to special educational needs. In addition our work helps ensure specialist provisions set out in Education…


London’s children and young people who are not British citizens: A profile

A new study by the University of Wolverhampton has estimated that over 215,000 children are growing up in the UK without any formal immigration status. Some arrived in the UK as children and over half were born in the UK. Without their papers, children can access basic healthcare and go to school, but once they…