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Cut Off From Justice: The impact of excluding separated migrant children from legal aid (by Dr Helen Connolly, Ilona Pinter)



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A new report by The Children's Society "Cut Off From Justice: The impact of excluding separated migrant children from legal aid" found that the removal of legal aid for most immigration cases means that many children, including those in local authority care, are at risk of abuse or exploitation because their immigration status cannot be resolved, increasing their vulnerability.

The Children’s Society is calling on the Government to make sure that children with immigration cases, who are here on their own can, once again, get legal aid. Without it, huge numbers of children are being left to fend for themselves. Many are having to gather witness statements, evidence about their past and risk having to represent themselves in court — a challenge that even adults find difficult.

The report found that, across the UK, free regulated services which deal with appeals and representation have been reduced by almost 50%, while overall immigration advice services have been cut by at least 30% since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act came into force in 2013.

As a result, even children who are still entitled to legal aid, such as those seeking protection from persecution or who are known to have been trafficked, may be unable to get the legal support they need due to a lack of free services in their area.






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