Current work

Through the Supported Options Initiative, grants and commissions have been awarded to the following organisations in phase 2 (2014 to 2016):

Aim 1:increasing citizenship registration of marginalised UK-born children

Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC): to increase registration among children, undertake training, legal cases and strategic litigation

SWARMTo develop a pilot project supporting a process for 10-14 year olds to apply for citizenship registration

Aim 2: improving support to young people to make choices about their future

Coventry Law Centre: Young Migrants Rights project to use volunteer ‘community connectors’ to better support young people to integrate and link to legal advice to resolve their status.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre:  Migrant Children’s Project to conduct outreach with trusted children and women’s centres in London.

Praxis Community Projects: To provide young people with advice, peer support and leadership development through Brighter Futures, with tailored activities for young women and girls in London.

Islington Law Centre To carry out holistic casework with young people and to identify and pursue strategic legal issues.

Refugee and Migrant Centre: To improve legal skills and capacity of caseworkers so that more young people get representation in Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

The Children’s Society: To support young people in London and to train Independent Reviewing Officers to identify and resolve immigration status issues.

Refugee Support Network: To improve support to separated young people facing return to Afghanistan.

Project 17: To improve access to local authority support for families experiencing exceptional poverty.

In phase 1 of the initiative, between 2012 and 2014, Supported Options funded projects operating in children’s charities, migrant community organisations and law centres to deliver direct support to over 800 young people and influence the delivery of other organisations’ services. Young people were able to secure legal status in the UK, access housing, education and peer support and get advice on leaving the UK. Grantees increased their reach through training a wide variety of faith, health, welfare and advice organisations. For more information see the Paul Hamlyn Foundation 2013/14 yearbook.