New Project at SLRA

written by Francess, Youth Participation and Policy Officer

In January 2021, the Department for Education launched its independent review of children’s social care which was set out to radically reform the care system to improve the lives of England’s most vulnerable children, so they experience the benefits of a stable, loving home. In this document, it was evident that children and young people in care with immigration issues were not focused on.

SLRA and Coram Children’s Legal Centre have partnered together in delivering a yearlong project that will ask local authorities in England to address the nationality and immigration status of children and young people in care in England. It is aimed at making sure they have their legal entitlements and the security they require as they move into adulthood. We want to look at and explain the new immigration policies and how it affects these children and young people, and the care review.

The project is starting with 6-week youth participation sessions that will be hosted together with CitizensUK. The sessions will run every 2 weeks starting on July 28th. At the heart of the project, we will focus on the experiences of young people as we aim to bring youth service users from various organisations to learn about community organisation, develop leadership skills and learn how to advocate for their rights and issues they are passionate about. There will also be fun activities such as a picnic, tennis, sports day, for young people to get involved in. We are really excited for our first session on 28th July.

You can find the flyer for the Youth Participation sessions as PDF document here.

Further reading

Read more about the care review “Independent review of children’s social care”, here

Read more about Care review “Case for Change”, here

Find the Nationality and Borders Bill, “New plan for immigration” here