Legal aid win for unaccompanied migrant children

Vulnerable migrant children who have been separated from their parents are to get improved access to legal aid, campaigners claim. A change in the law came about after charity The Children’s Society the challenged the government over the removal of the entitlement from 2013. Separated migrant children were no longer entitled to legal aid to support them through non-asylum immigration matters, as a result of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) coming into force. The new law, the Legal Aid for Separated Children Order 2019, will bring non-asylum immigration and citizenship matters into the scope of legal aid for under-18s who are not in the care of a parent, guardian or legal authority. Read more.