Migrant Children's Project
In 2016, more than 4,000 unaccompanied children in England claimed asylum compared with 2,569 the year before.*
The Migrant Children's Project (MCP), delivered by Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC), promotes the rights of all refugee and migrant children, young people and families, and works to ensure that they receive the protection and support they need whether they are unaccompanied or in a family.
The current European migrant crisis, in which 25% of migrants are estimated to be children, has meant that MCP is more vital than ever.
*Rise in lone children claiming asylum in England, BBC website, 7 September 2016, www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36714617
How Coram helps migrant children and young people
The strength of the MCP is its comprehensive approach to changing indivduals lives and ensuring the best outcomes for migrant children.
We help migrant children in the following ways:
- A free advice service offering free and confidential advice on the rights of migrant children and young people, including children who are separated from their families and those in families
- Resources and information aimed at informing professionals on how to support children access their rights and services
- An e-newsletter for professionals with the latest news and information relating to migrant children,
- Training aimed at helping non-immigration professionals understand the rights and entitlements of migrant children and young people at Coram Children's Legal Centre
- Training co-delivered by our Youth Rights Trainers
- Policy and research combining specialist technical knowledge about the domestic and international law with evidence from frontline work to ensure children's rights are embedded in law and practice
"I have a better understanding of where I stand and where I have to go now." – Migrant Children's helpline caller
Migrant Children's Project publications
The Migrant Children's Project has published a number of significant research reports, including reports on undocumented migrants in the UK, Growing Up In a Hostile Environment: The rights of undocumented migrant children in the UK; the age assessment process, Happy Birthday? Disputing the age of children in the immigration system; and advice provision, Seeking Support.
Coram Children's Legal Centre, the Immigration Act 2016 and care leavers
CCLC remains concerned the recent Immigration Act means that support could be withdrawn from vulnerable care leavers with uncertain immigration status. Before the Act was passed, CCLC won some important concessions including a change meaning that those with a pending application to the Home Office when they turn 18 will still receive leaving-care support.
Refugee Children's Consortium
CCLC also chairs the Refugee Children’s Consortium, which is a broad coalition of organisations working to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee and asylum-seeking children are upheld.