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Solicitor / Senior Immigration Caseworker (We Belong)

Location:   Bloomsbury, London Salary:   £27,000 – £34,000 (pro rata) dependent on experience Closing Date:   07/07/2022

Job Title: Immigration Solicitor / Senior Immigration Caseworker (We Belong)

Contract: Fixed Term 3 years

Hours: 9:30am – 5:30pm, 4 days / week

Salary: £27,000 – £34,000 (pro rata) dependent on experience

Location: Bloomsbury, London

About Coram

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 Coram Children’s Legal Centre

CCLC, part of the Coram group of charities, is an independent charity working in the United Kingdom and around the world to protect and promote the rights of children, through the provision of direct legal services; the publication of free legal information online and in print; research and policy work; law reform; training; and international consultancy on child rights. CCLC was founded in 1981 and has 40 years’ experience in providing legal advice and representation to children, their parents and carers, and professionals throughout the UK. CCLC’s Legal Practice Unit specialises in community care law, immigration and asylum law, child and family law and education law. We hold legal aid contracts to deliver legal services in each of those areas. Our Migrant Children’s Project promotes the rights of refugee and migrant children, young people and families through the delivery of advice, practice change through training and capacity building to professionals and systems change through research, policy and advocacy.

Our immigration & asylum team represents children, young people and families at all stages of the immigration and asylum process, including in initial applications, fresh claims, appeals and judicial reviews. We frequently work with victims of trafficking, those with serious mental health problems, and young people and families subject to criminal deportation. We also undertake broader strategic litigation, including interventions in the higher courts. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting children’s rights, through both our case work and our involvement in wider projects. The team works closely with colleagues in the community care, family and education law teams, as well as collaborative working with other organisations within the Coram group, including Coram Voice advocacy service and the Migrant Children’s Project.

For further information on CCLC please visit www.childrenslegalcentre.com.

About We Belong

This role has been created through a partnership between CCLC and the charity We Belong.

We Belong exists to ensure young migrants living in the UK are treated equally and fairly in the society they call home. We Belong works with and for young migrants to hold those in power to account and fight for wider immigration reform.They do this by breaking down barriers through direct advocacy, strategic litigation, campaigning, and equipping young migrants to be leaders and set agendas within the migration sector. They also provide support by giving accurate information on student finance rules and various opportunities, and make referrals to organisations for young people to get legal advice.

For further information on We Belong please visit We Belong | webelong.org.uk

About the role

Recognising the limited capacity for immigration advice and casework, We Belong have secured funding for a solicitor/caseworker, embedded within Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s experienced legal teams.

Building on the support that is currently being offered to young people with precarious status by We Belong through its outreach work, the primary function of this role is to work with long-term young migrants to provide high quality legal advice, casework and representation so that young people can regularise and maintain their immigration status. The solicitor/caseworker will also create concise, accessible information for young people to navigate their Home Office applications and disseminate information through meetings, workshops, outreach in schools and colleges etc. They will also participate in outreach advice drop-ins, one-off advice on the phone, via email and in person. The solicitor/caseworker will work with others at CCLC and We Belong to identify and develop opportunities for strategic litigation. Drawing on casework experience and an understanding of the client base, the post holder will help We Belong and CCLC develop strategic solutions to underlying issues. This will contribute to We Belong and CCLC’s advocacy and We Belong’s campaigns around a fairer more humane immigration system.

We are looking for a committed, passionate and hard-working team member, who is a solicitor or a caseworker registered to OISC level 3 (or is eligible to apply to register). The successful applicant will have a good knowledge of immigration law and experience representing children and young people in their immigration matters. The successful applicant will demonstrate a solid commitment to upholding the rights of vulnerable children and young people.

To apply for this role, please click on the 'apply now' button below to complete the application.

Closing date: Thursday 7th July 2022 at 23:59 11.59

Interview date: TBC

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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