Project 17

Project 17 works towards ensuring that local authorities comply with the duties imposed on them by Section 17 of the Children Act 1989* to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need. This award will fund Project 17 to increase awareness and improve implementation of section 17 of the Children Act 1989, to help to address destitution for migrant children and their families.

Project 17 is a small charity set up in 2013, and is based in Lewisham.

*Section 17 enables local councils to provide accommodation and financial support to avoid children being taken into the care of the local authority. This duty exists even if the family has no right to work, no access to welfare benefits and social housing and no leave to remain in the UK. Project 17 exists to ensure that individuals eligible for support under Section 17 are able to access it effectively.