Our Early Intervention Project, funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, sees us developing a collaborative approach to improving outcomes for young migrants who are Looked After. We are currently working with two London boroughs, Merton and Southwark, to provide immigration advice and consultancy, along with training for Children’s Services team members and casework. This collaborative working ensures that young people have access to effective information and legal representation as soon as they arrive in the UK or their immigration issue is identified. Our work is part being evaluated as part of a large scale national evaluation of innovative ways of working in this area and early results show a significant improvement in young people’s experience of the asylum or immigration process and in knowledge and good practice among Children’s Services professionals.
Young migrants with lived experience of Local Authority Care are involved in shaping the project, delivering training and are using their experience to contribute to local policy review.