The purpose of the role is to help children, young people and families understand their position and legal rights and support them to take steps to realise their rights. This role involves the provision of one-off asylum, immigration and nationality law advice and follow-up work to children, young people and families. This role is part of an outreach immigration legal advice team, which seeks to get high-quality immigration legal advice into communities and to those who would otherwise be unable to access it, funded by several grants.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre works closely with partner organisations in communities and through these partnerships we deliver a dedicated outreach legal advice service with workshops and outreach sessions and appointments. After these advice sessions we do some defined follow-up work to help children, young people and families’ progress their cases. Partner organisations include Caris Haringey, Young Roots, CARAS, Centrepoint and six primary schools. In addition, we do advice work supporting applicants to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, as one of the organisations grant funded by the Home Office, with a focus on children who are in care and young people who are leaving care.
Work within the outreach team involves advising on relevant aspects of asylum, immigration and nationality law. It involves undertaking follow-up work, including making applications for exceptional case funding and referrals to legal aid solicitors and other services as appropriate. It is an outreach legal advice rather than casework role. Advice is holistic so also covers immigration-related issues and signposting relating to access to services, community care, education, healthcare, child maintenance etc. The solicitor/adviser will work closely with staff and volunteers at partner organisations/services who provide support to those we advise.
You would be part of a team that seeks to use this frontline experience to win improvements in practice and in law and policy. Members of the team work with those we advise, colleagues and partners to seek change on the issues we see in frontline work and we are increasingly partnering our advice work with experienced organisers from Citizens UK.
The role would suit an immigration lawyer who would like to do something different to legal aid or private casework, delivering grant-funded legal advice in a highly dedicated and friendly team. The role offers the opportunity to gain considerable frontline experience advising children, young people and families across a range of legal issues including nationality, long residence, family migration, asylum, family reunion, trafficking and the rights of EEA nationals and family members.