We are working to ensure that there are effective routes to regularisation for all young migrants and that the best interests of refugee and migrant children are a primary consideration in all decisions affecting them.
CCLC supports refugee and migrant children, young people and families, providing advice and information on their rights and legal representation. We use evidence from this front-line work to secure positive change in policy, legislation, case law and practice to protect and promote the rights of all migrant children.
We chair the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium, a group of over 50 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working collaboratively to ensure that the rights and needs of migrant and refugee children are promoted, respected and met in accordance with relevant domestic, regional and international standards.
We co-chair the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum Children’s Subgroup with the Home Office, and sit on a number of central and local government stakeholder groups as well as UK and International coalitions and advisory boards, including:
- Association of Directors of Children’s Service’s Asylum Taskforce
- Strategic Migration Partnerships across the country
- Home Office Strategic Engagement Group
- Access to Higher Education Working Group
Recent briefings and consultation responses
Evidence for British Future’s Citizenship Inquiry, October 2019
Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium House of Commons Second Reading briefings on children’s rights impact assessments, citizenship fees and best interests assessments
Doubling the Immigration Health Surcharge
‘We Belong’: Briefing for House of Commons Westminster Hall Debate on Fees for registering children as British citizens
September 2018 (joint briefing with Let Us Learn)
Briefing for House of Lords Motion of Regret Debate on the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 and citizenship fees
June 2018 (joint briefing with Let Us Learn)
Windrush: the impact of the ‘hostile environment’ on children and young people today
April 2018 (joint briefing with The Children’s Society)
Immigration Bail and ‘no study’ conditions
Making a fair contribution: A consultation on the extension of charging overseas visitors and migrants using the NHS in England
Evidence submitted to Select Committee on the European Union on Unaccompanied minors in the EU
The Liberal Democrats: a Blueprint on Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
Immigration Bill House of Commons Committee Stage: Local Authority support and schedule 3 amendments
Immigration Bill written evidence for House of Commons Committee Stage