Westminster Hall Briefing - Unaccompanied Children

A briefing for MPs for a Westminster Hall debate on the needs of unaccompanied children when they reach the age of 18.

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Lucy Capron
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Not just a temporary fix: Durable solutions for separated migrant children

Separated migrant children are  those children who have become  separated from their parents or  carers once outside their country  of origin. Many of these children arrive in this country from abroad requiring support and care from the immigration and  welfare systems in this country.

This report highlights that a focus on addressing the immediate safety and stability of these children means their long-term needs are often forgotten about or avoided altogether

It calls for these children to have a ‘durable solution’ – a  lasting outcome which  addresses all of their  needs, considers their  own view and leads to  the child successfully transitioning into adulthood,  whether they remain in  England or return to their  country of origin.

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August 2015
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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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The costs and benefits of guardianship – summary

This briefing summarises the findings of our report with UNICEF UK assessing the costs and financial benefits of establishing a legal guardianship service to protect and support unaccompanied and separated migrant children. Our analysis demonstrates that the economic case for a guardianship service becomes even stronger when we factor in financial benefits once separated children reach adulthood.

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July 2014
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