Migrant children separated from their parents can now get faster and easier access to legal aid, after new legislation came into force today.

The Legal Aid for Separated Children Order 2019 brings 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.   

Previously, vulnerable children making applications to remain in the UK could only apply for legal aid through the exceptional case funding (ECF) scheme.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) opted to amend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) to bring immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children into the legal aid ...

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