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The Children’s Society: Evidence Needed on The Impacts of LASPO on Separated and Unaccompanied Migrant Children’s Access to Justice


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The children’s charity, The Children’s Society, and the University of Bedfordshire, are working together to document the impacts of LASPO (2012) on unaccompanied and separated migrant children. As such, they are looking for legal practitioners – OISC, solicitors, barristers and QC’s – to take part in a survey and or interviews about the impacts of LASPO (2012) on the immigration cases and circumstances of unaccompanied and separated migrant children. They will be using this evidence to feed into the pending review of LASPO but also in a strategic litigation case that the Children’s Society have been pursuing against the Lord Chancellor to bring separated / unaccompanied migrant children back into the scope of legal aid.  The Children’s Society is one of the biggest providers of support to refugee and migrant children in England with many years’ experience helping these vulnerable young people to thrive and we would very much appreciate your support either through the completion of the survey, interviewing you, or both.  Below is the link to the survey. The survey does not take long to complete. It will close on the 28th May 2017.
Should you have any further questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Helen Connolly at helen.connolly@beds.ac.uk or Richard Crellin, Policy Manager, at the Children’s Society at richard.crellin@childrenssociety.org.uk.
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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.