LEGAL LEARNING SESSION: Immigration law and the Children Act: what are social workers’ responsibilities?

15:30 - 16:30

Local authorities are being tasked with the care of more vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees, and new government legislation looks to change the complicated immigration landscape post-Brexit.

As such, it has never been more important for social workers to understand what their duties are under the Children Act with regards to children and how this intersects with asylum, immigration, and EU law.

Trafficking, no recourse to public funds, age assessments, and exclusions to support are just some of the areas where this challenge is posed and where social workers can benefit from a legal refresher.

Attend to learn:

  • The different areas in which immigration and relevant social work legislation intersect
  • When do service users qualify for Children Act support?
  • How to identify when legal advice is needed for children in care or families
  • The law in relation to specific issues, including age assessments, trafficking victims, and appeal rights
  • How to represent service users fairly and ethically while immigration proceedings are ongoing

Please note there is a fee of £29 + VAT to reserve your place at this session.

Stewart MacLachlan, senior legal and policy officer, Coram Children’s Legal Centre