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    Children First, Migrants Second

    Posted on March 2, 2017 by in Blog Post

    Precarious Citizenship: Unseen, Settled and Alone – The Legal and Protection Needs of ‘Undocumented’ Children and Young People in England and Wales. Our new report is out, presenting the findings of over four years of specialist casework with 52 separated children and young people whose lives have been affected by being ‘undocumented’ –  unable to […]

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  • We stand against schools collecting immigration data on children

    Posted on September 23, 2016 by in Blog Post

    Immigration information on individual pupils must now be provided to the government by schools, colleges, nurseries and childminders as part of the Early Years and Schools Census. The Department of Education (DfE)’s policy, effective from September 2016, requires country of birth and nationality data to be collected and then permanently stored on the National Pupil Database. […]

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  • Listening to the unheard

    Posted on July 21, 2016 by in Blog Post

    There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.        – Arundhati Roy, 2004 On 1 June 2016 academics, lawyers, social workers, health practitioners, NGO workers, policy officials, activists, and a host of others gathered to hear about and discuss the situation of children and […]

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  • What is precarious citizenship?

    Posted on May 26, 2016 by in Blog Post

    A conference on how to secure justice for young people with precarious citizenship is taking place in London on 1 June 2016, organised by MiCLU in conjunction with Birkbeck College. But what exactly is precarious citizenship and why does it matter? Significant numbers of young people who are settled in the UK (estimated conservatively at […]

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  • We are joining forces to offer legal support to vulnerable migrant children

    Posted on May 26, 2016 by in Blog Post

    MiCLU and other advice agencies are taking inspiration from Angelina Jolie-Pitt and joining forces to offer legal support to vulnerable migrant children. We are excited to be among a key group of advice agencies who will be working in collaboration to set up a ground-breaking pro bono project which will help vulnerable children secure citizenship […]

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  • We made sure that children see social services BEFORE formal screening

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by in Blog Post

    AN & FA (Children), R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 1636. The challenge brought in AN & FA resulted from work done by Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), a national charity providing legal advice to refugees and migrants in the UK until it went into […]

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  • We made sure that the best interests of the child are a ‘primary consideration’

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by in Blog Post

    ZH (Tanzania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2011] UKSC 4 RCRP were heavily involved in this landmark case in which Lady Hale set out the relevance and weight of the concept of ‘Best Interests of the Child’ in an immigration context.  This truly landmark case involved a family in which one parent […]

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  • We are fighting for the rights of young asylum seekers

    Posted on November 23, 2015 by in Blog Post

    RA (a child by his litigation friend) and BF v SSHD & Office of the Children’s Commissioner 2015 Five years after the judgment in ZH Tanzania it was apparent that despite Lady Hale’s clear statement of the weight to be given to the rights of the child, and call for the voice of the child […]

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  • We put the voice of the child at the centre of all that we do

    Posted on November 13, 2015 by in Blog Post

    The voice of the child is crucial to our work. We take time to ensure that we, as representatives, hear the voice of our clients, and that when we speak on their behalf we are communicating what they want to say.  Children need time and space to talk about what they have experienced and what […]

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  • Habibullah’s story

    Posted on November 11, 2015 by in Blog Post

    “No-one believes me, [not] the Home Office, my lawyers, my social worker. I have no-one and you are first one listening. Please—why they punish me more and more?” Habibullah was 13 years old when he arrived in the UK. Alone with nothing. He had made the journey from Afghanistan after the Taliban had attacked his […]

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