About Migrant Children's Project

Migrant Children's Project

The Migrant Children’s Project promotes the rights of refugee and migrant children, young people and families and works to ensure that they receive the protection and support they need. We provide one-to-one legal advice through an advice line and outreach programme, a range of free resources and online information, and training to practitioners working with young refugees and migrants. The Project also uses research and policy advocacy, 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 in practice. 

The strength of the Migrant Children’s Project (MCP) is its comprehensive approach to changing individuals lives, as well as law, policy and practice through training to frontline professionals, legal advice and representation, strategic litigation and policy advocacy to ensure the best outcomes for migrant children. It is the interplay between the different areas covered that we believe allows for systemic change and the greatest impact.

MCP advice line

The MCP advice line offers free and confidential advice on the rights of migrant children and young people and issues affecting them, including children who are separated and those in families. Call 0207 636 8505 (line open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Thursday) or email mcp@coramclc.org.uk.

Resources and information

  • Seeking Support guide - this comprehensive, practical guide provides advice to professionals on how to support separated children and young people in accessing their entitlements.
  • Fact sheets and resources - online information on a range of common issues, designed to enable professionals and others to take steps to secure rights and services for a child or young person, including information notes on relevant case law, policy documents and links to relevant websites 
  • Directory of services - links and contact details
  • What's new - the latest news, reports and legal and policy developments relating to migrant children and young people.
  • Glossary - explanations of frequently used terms
  • Newsletter - our monthly email update provides the latest news and information relating to migrant children. Click here to sign up.

Training

The Migrant Children's Project helps non-immigration specialist professionals to understand the rights and entitlements of this group of children and young people. Training covers law and policy affecting migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, and how they can be supported to exercise their rights and access their entitlements. Click here for information on our training programme.

Policy and research

The strength of the Migrant Children’s Project (MCP) is its comprehensive approach to changing law, policy and practice through training to frontline professionals, legal advice and representation, strategic litigation and policy advocacy to ensure the best outcomes for migrant children. It is the interplay between the different areas covered that we believe allows for systemic change and the greatest impact.

In addition to the MCP’s capacity-building and awareness-raising work directly with practitioners and professionals, it seeks to use research and policy advocacy, 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 in practice. It does this through: 

  • Research reports, highlighting legal issues faced by young refugees and migrants 
  • Providing evidence and recommendations to central government through consultation responses, select committee inquiries and direct engagement with parliamentarians
  • Ongoing high-level engagement with civil servants in the Home Office, Department for Education and Ministry of Justice
  • Strategic litigation 

Coram Children's Legal Centre co-chairs the Refugee Children's Consortium, a group of NGOs working collaboratively to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee children are respected in accordance with relevant domestic, regional and international standards. It also co-chairs the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum Children's Subgroup with the Home Office. 

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, Navigating the System: Advice provision for young refugees and migrants.

The Refugee Children’s Rights Project drew to a close in 2012 but Coram Children’s Legal Centre continues  its strategic litigation and policy work as part of the Migrant Children’s Project, supported by legacy funding from the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

The ongoing work of the Migrant Children's Project is funded by Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Trust for London, Comic Relief, Esmee Fairbairn, The Legal Education Foundation and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. The MCP has also recieved two one-off grants from the Stategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

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