An innovative 12-month pilot project to offer legal help to young refugees launched in October.
The Strategic Legal Fund for Refugee Children and Young People (SLF) will fund interventions in court and pre-litigation legal research for cases involving children and young asylum seekers and refugees.
MigrationWork CIC, which is managing the project, says the SLF will give up to £300,000 to specialist legal services providers to undertake non-profit making work that is not eligible for public funding. Areas of law relevant to refugee children such as asylum, housing, immigration, human rights, community care, education, discrimination and health may be supported.
Under the government’s current proposals, legal aid funding would be removed from many of these areas, including from immigration except where detention is involved, housing unless there is a risk of homelessness, education and social welfare law. The SLF is funded by the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and is being delivered in partnership with Trust for London.