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Legal Update: Migrant looked-after children

With one in 10 children in care being non-British, local authorities need to do more to identify and address their needs, says Marianne Lagrue, policy manager at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

Legal Update: Rights over exclusions

Machela Boampong, senior paralegal at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, and Dr Simon Gallacher, a freelance education research and policy adviser, on an analysis of school exclusions in North Kensington in London.

Legal Update: Discharge of SGOs

Leonie Jordan, associate legal consultant at CoramBAAF, highlights some of the complex issues and potential instabilities surrounding the process for discharging special guardianship orders.

Legal Update: Care and immigration status

Aayad Lami, solicitor at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, explains what support councils should provide to non-British children in care to ensure their immigration issues are identified earlier.

Legal Update: Support for Afghan children

Marianne Lagrue, policy manager, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, assesses what political upheaval in Afghanistan means for the support that councils should provide to looked-after children and care leavers.

Denying refugee children protection

With new asylum legislation going through parliament, Joyinola Layonu, legal and policy assistant at the Migrant Children’s Project at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, looks at concerns for children’s rights.

Legal Update: Protecting children’s data

Rosalyn Akar Grams, head of legal practice at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, assesses the implications of a landmark legal case over an alleged data breach for the protection of children’s digital information.

Legal Update: Social media and adoption

Alexandra Conroy Harris, legal consultant at CoramBAAF, on how the ease of social media contact between adopted children and birth families is a challenge that could reset expectations for all parties.

School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Sibling relationships in the care system

Children’s services and courts face serious challenges when making care plans or permanence orders for siblings, writes Dr John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at CoramBAAF.

Immigration and nationality legal aid

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, examines the implications of recent changes to legal aid for separated children with immigration cases.

Legal Q&A: What is sexting?

Sexting is the exchange of sexual messages or self-generated sexual images or videos through a mobile phone network or the internet.

Support for special guardians

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at calls for changes to special guardianship orders to ensure that carers are adequately prepared and supported.

Legal Q&A: What is Section 67?

Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (sometimes known as the "Dubs amendment") placed a requirement on the Home Office to "make arrangements to relocate to the United Kingdom and support a specified number of unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe". The government has committed to transferring 480 children from France, Greece and Italy under section 67.

Separated children in care

Stewart MacLachlan, senior legal & policy officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at recent changes for separated children in care and what professionals should consider when working with them.