This is The CHildren's Society submission to the Bach Commission on Legal Aid. This response draws on our previous report, Cut Off From Justice, as well as interviews with our practitioners. It focuses on the impact of changes introduced in 2012 through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). 

Month of publication 
April
Year of publication 
2016
Number of pages 
18
Author 
David Ayre and Ilona Pinter
Category 
Policy and lobbying
Related reports 
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.

Date published 
July 2015
Number of pages 
67