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All children and young people in the UK should be kept safe and have equal access to justice, regardless of where they were born. However, sweeping changes made to legal aid provision for immigration cases have put some of the most vulnerable children in this country at serious risk and unable to get the help they need.

This report, written in partnership with Dr Helen Connolly, University of Bedfordshire, highlights the needs of unaccompanied and separated children in a system that often renders them invisible, harming both their childhood and their future. It updates our findings in Cut Off from Justice (2015), four years after the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, and provides recommendations to help address the issues raised in our research.

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Helen Connolly, Richard Crellin and Rupinder Parhar
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the cover of Cut Off From Justice, which features a young boy

Cut Off From Justice: The impact of excluding separated migrant children from legal aid

In April 2013, the Government implemented changes to the legal aid system which means that separated or unaccompanied migrant children – those without a parent or guardian in this country – are no longer be able to get free support with their immigration cases. Our report, written by Dr Helen Connolly, and summary, written by Ilona Pinter, focus on the issue. Although some children are protected – namely those fleeing war and persecution and those identified as victims of trafficking – many others are not.

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July 2015
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