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Government rights failings exposed
Children & Young People Now, 7 July 2015
Children’s charities have launched a damning report highlighting the government’s failure to prioritise children, reports Anita Hurrell, legal and policy officer

How we impoverish children in the name of a tough immigration policy
Politics.co.uk, 1 July 2015

Kamena Dorling, policy and programmes manager, looks at the prioritisation of immigration control over the welfare and protection of children in the UK

Inadequate foundations
Solicitors Journal, 7 April 2015
Noel Arnold reminds practitioners of some of the fundamental principles of advancing with evidence, complying with directions, and considering all options

Local authorities must address parents' learning disabilities
Solicitors Journal, 16 December 2014
Noel Arnold and Hazel Kent discuss the test for making placement orders, without notice applications and damages for human rights breaches

Homeless and stateless in the UK
Al Jazeera, 10 December 2014
'Hostile environment' anti-immigration policies in the UK push undocumented children into destitution, argues Kamena Dorling, Policy and Programmes Manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre

Can a restrictive law serve a protective purpose? The impact of age-restrictive laws on young people's access to sexual and reproductive health services
Reproductive Health Matters, November 2014, Volume 22, Issue 44, pages 148-156
This article by Elizabeth Yarrow, Kirsten Anderson, Kara Apland and Katherine Watson explores the purpose, function and impact of legal restrictions imposed on children's and young people's involvement in sexual activity and their access to sexual and reproductive health services

The Government Should Abandon Its Unlawful Legal Aid Residence Test Plan
The Huffington Post, 4 August 2014

Anita Hurrell, Legal and Policy Officer, outlines how defeated 'residence test' for legal aid goes against children's rights and the rule of law

New local authority duty: Staying Put
Family Law, 14 May 2014

Noel Arnold discusses how local authorities should focus on assessing a young person's needs as they transition to adulthood. The concept of staying put has grown in prominence in recent years, supporting the idea that this group of children may wish to remain living with their former foster carers

Assist the court to do its job
Solicitors Journal, 7 May 2014
Noel Arnold discusses government policy and adoption orders

Undocumented children lose out
Children & Young People Now, 13 November 2013
The government's policy of creating a 'hostile environment' for migrants is having a damaging impact on children, argues Kamena Dorling, Policy and Programmes Manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre

Legal aid cuts penalise children
Children & Young People Now, 1 October 2013
Government proposals to cut civil and criminal legal aid threaten children and young people's access to justice, says Anita Hurrell, Legal and Policy Officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre

Lost childhoods: age disputes in the UK asylum system
Open Democracy, 11 June 2013

Children seeking asylum in the UK are regularly disbelieved about how old they are and can end up facing harmful, protracted disputes. The culture of disbelief so often criticised in the Home Office has seeped into some local authorities, says Kamena Dorling.

Unvisited: Looked after children and the role of the Independent Visitor
Family Law Week, 13 December 2012

Noel Arnold considers the importance of Independent Visitors for looked after children and clarifies confusions in the current arrangements.

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