A new pilot project has been launched to support strategic legal work, that is, work that goes beyond securing justice for an individual and makes a significant contribution to law, practice and procedures that upholds and promotes the rights of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people.
In the context of unprecedented cuts to legal aid and the advice sector, the primary aim of The Strategic Legal Fund for Refugee Children and Young People (SLF) is to achieve the best possible outcomes for this vulnerable group. It will do this by funding interventions in Court and pre-litigation legal research for cases involving asylum seeking and refugee children and young people.
The SLF is a 12 month pilot project which will test a new model for supporting legal work by providing flexible and responsive funding. The SLF is open to applications during its 9 month ‘live’ phase from 10 October 2011 to 9 July 2012 and will accept applications from not-for-profit organisations that provide specialist level legal advice to asylum seeking and refugee children and young people, and firms of solicitors that have a legal aid contract covering asylum, immigration, human rights, community care, housing, education, discrimination and health.
The SLF is funded by The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and is being delivered in partnership with Trust for London. The day-to-day management and administration of the fund will be carried out by MigrationWork CIC.