Job Title: Outreach Immigration Solicitor / Adviser
Contract: Fixed term 12 months with possibility of extension subject to funding, 4 days per week
Hours: 28 hours per week
Salary: £27,000 - £34,000 per annum dependent on qualification and experience
Location: Bloomsbury London (with travel across London for face-to-face advice)
Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.
We support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.
Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity founded by Thomas Coram in London helping vulnerable children and young people since 1739. Today, the Coram group helps more than one million children, young people, families and professionals every year by providing access to the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.
About specific entity
Part of the Coram group, Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC) is the UK's leading children's legal charity. We are committed to promoting children's rights in the UK and worldwide within the context of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights. We provide free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, families and carers. We support, advise and train professionals who work with children and undertake consultancy on child law and children’s rights.
CCLC has a specialist team dedicated to the aim of realising the rights of children and young people who are affected by UK immigration control. We provide immigration and nationality legal advice and representation to children, young people and families through grant funding and under a legal aid contract. We offer a free email advice line, online legal information and training to hundreds of professionals each year. We seek to influence law and policy to better accord with refugee and migrant children and young people’s rights. We co-chair a sector consortium of 60+ organisations coordinating on policy work, the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium (RMCC).
About the role
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.
To apply for this role, please click on the 'apply now' button below to complete the application.
Closing date: Sunday 10th July 2022 at 23:59
Interview date: Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th July 2022
Coram CCLC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and families we help.
We are committed to the safeguarding of children and where appropriate will require the successful applicant to undertake a check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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