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Coram Children’s Legal Centre

JOB DESCRIPTION –Outreach Legal Adviser

Location: Coram Children’s Legal Centre London office near Russell Square

Responsible to: Manager of the Migrant Children’s Project/ Director of Legal Practice

Hours: 35 hours per week with 1 hour unpaid lunch break

Length of contract: 1 year (with possible extension subject to funding)

Salary: £28,000 per annum inclusive of London weighting

Start date: Ideally the successful applicant would take up this role by October 2014 at the latest

Purpose and role:

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) is looking for an OISC level 3/IAAS level 2 accredited legal adviser to undertake outreach legal advice work for its Migrant Children’s Project.

As a key part of the Migrant Children’s Project, this role will involve extensive outreach legal advice work, including appointments at a range of locations across Greater London, with a focus on the London Borough of Ealing. The role will involve providing holistic legal advice on immigration, asylum and nationality; support, accommodation and local authority duties; healthcare; education and related issues to hard-to-reach migrant children, young people, families and carers, as well completing exceptional funding applications and some pro bono casework. The advice work will encompass onward referral and signposting, including to the CCLC’s legal practice unit, other solicitors and other services as appropriate.

The Outreach Legal Adviser’s work will also feed into the Migrant Children’s Project’s wider policy advocacy to promote the rights of migrant children, with a focus on lobbying for greater access to services, advice and legal representation for migrant children.

The role is part of the Supported Options Initiative, a programme of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy, which supports innovation in helping children and young people with irregular immigration status to live full lives.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Advice and casework

  • Day-to-day provision of face-to-face and telephone advice in relation to immigration, asylum and nationality law; community care and local authority duties to children; and access to support, services , health care and education.

  • Maintaining accurate client records on all outreach and advice work.

  • Undertaking pro bono casework for immigration cases which are out of the scope of legal aid.

  • Completing applications for exceptional funding from the Legal Aid Agency for out-of-scope immigration cases.

  • Ensuring that own legal knowledge is as up to date as possible in the relevant fields of law, including immigration, asylum and nationality law, as well as child law and child-related community care law and education law.

  • Maintain the standard of professional service in line with the Centre’s Standards and Procedures documents and complying with all CCLC policies.

  • Complying with accreditation standards imposed by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (or other regulatory body).

  • Proactively referring cases to the Centre’s legal practice unit and working closely with members of the legal practice unit immigration and family teams to identify suitable cases.

  • Onward referral to other solicitors and services as appropriate.


  • Planning, co-ordinating and carrying out regular legal advice sessions and legal advice appointments within existing projects and services in Greater London.

  • Ensuring the project targets for the Migrant Children’s Project outreach programme are met as far as possible.

  • Co-ordinating with, supporting, training and up-skilling practitioners in outreach venues.

  • Initiating, developing and maintaining positive relationships with partner agencies, especially outreach venues, to organise outreach and increase referrals to CCLC.

  • Monitoring opportunities for outreach advice provision and developing the outreach programme further to meet need.

  • Giving talks and training to statutory and voluntary organisations on the rights and entitlements of migrant children, young people and families.

  • Participating in publicity events such as children’s centre and school events, exhibitions, training events and conferences to promote the work of CCLC.


  • Record-keeping and reporting to funders on project outcomes, ensuring all targets are met where possible.

  • Contributing towards funding applications.

  • Proactively contributing to CCLC’s policy and research work.

  • Contributing positively to the day-to-day work of the Centre.

This job description is not exhaustive and as such the post holder will be expected to be flexible. However, changes will only be made following discussions with the post holder.

Personal Specification


The post-holder must be able to demonstrate:

Essential (E)


Desirable (D)


Measured by:

a) Application Form

b) Test

c) Interview

An excellent educational background, which should normally include at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent


Application Form

Thorough, up-to-date understanding of immigration, asylum and nationality law relating to asylum-seekers, refugees, undocumented migrants and EEA nationals, including the ability to advise to OISC level 3/IAAS level 2


Form, test, interview

Experience of providing advice on support, accommodation and community care and/or education issues and an understanding of how immigration law intersects with other areas of law


Form, test, interview

Knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting asylum-seekers, refugees and undocumented migrant children and families


Form, test, interview

Commitment to promoting children's and young people’s rights, and understanding of working within a human rights and child rights framework


Form, interview

A sensitive approach to working with children, young people and families, including those without regular immigration status


Form, interview

Ability to work independently and on own initiative, taking responsibility for delivering and reporting on set targets


Form, interview

Ability to liaise and work effectively in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders


Form, interview

Highly developed communication skills, written and oral, and attention to detail


Form, interview

Initiative and flexible approach to work, working independently or as part of a team


Form, interview

Excellent administrative and organisational skills to operate administrative and record-keeping systems


Form, interview

Excellent IT skills including practical knowledge of internet and Microsoft Office packages


Interview, test

An understanding of the need for client confidentiality



Ability to work flexibly and sometimes outside office hours, with extensive travel across Greater London



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