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:

Recent briefings and consultation responses

Letter to the Home Secretary and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on exempting the dependants of NHS and care workers from the Immigration Health Surcharge, May 2020

Shorter routes to settlement for long-resident children and young people, January 2020

Best interests leave for unaccompanied migrant children – Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium Briefing, January 2020

The Fee Barrier – joint briefing with We Belong, JCWI, Citizens UK and On Road Media, January 2020

Evidence for British Future’s Citizenship Inquiry, October 2019

Briefing in response to Joint Committee on Human Rights, Good Character Requirements: Draft British Nationality Act 1981 (Remedial) Order 2019 – Second Report, July 2019

Response to the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration call for evidence: family reunion, June 2019

Response to the Law Commission proposals for simplifying the Immigration Rules, May 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
February 2019

Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill – Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium evidence to the Bill Committee
February 2019

Doubling the Immigration Health Surcharge
November 2018

Home Office ‘Windrush: lessons learned review’ – Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium submission
October 2018

Briefing for House of Commons Adjournment debate – Treatment of People under Immigration Control
September 2018

‘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)

Shorter routes to settlement for long-term resident children and young people – CCLC and Let Us Learn briefing
September 2018

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration review of Home Office fees: Evidence from Coram Children’s Legal Centre and Let Us Learn
July 2018

Integrated Communities Strategy green paper consultation – Refugee & Migrant Children’s Consortium submission
June 2018

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)

Submission to Department for Education consultation on revised Family and Friends Care Statutory Guidance, June 2018

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
March 2018

The fee barrier – can you afford the place you call home?
March 2018

Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the Home Office delivery of Brexit
November 2017

Submission to House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement call for evidence
September 2017

Response to Consultation on the Mayor’s Vision for a Diverse and Inclusive City
September 2017

Briefing: A settlement for European children in the UK
July 2017

Evidence for the Department for Education National Fostering Stocktake
June 2017

Department for Education consultation on draft guidance ‘Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery’
March 2017

Response to Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Children’s Rights
October 2016

Evidence for British Future Inquiry: Status of EU nationals in the UK
September 2016

Evidence for APPG on Refugees Inquiry: Refugees Welcome? Inquiry into the experiences of new refugees in the UK
September 2016

Briefing for Children and Social Work Bill Second Reading House of Lords, Second Reading
June 2016

Making a fair contribution: A consultation on the extension of charging overseas visitors and migrants using the NHS in England
March 2016

Evidence submitted to Select Committee on the European Union on Unaccompanied minors in the EU
March 2016

The Liberal Democrats: a Blueprint on Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
March 2016

Immigration Bill House of Commons Committee Stage: Local Authority support and schedule 3 amendments
November 2015

Immigration Bill written evidence for House of Commons Committee Stage 
October 2015

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