We provide a child-centred legal service which specifically focuses on the areas where refugee and migrant children find it difficult to realise their rights, including in the immigration/asylum and child care system systems. We also deliver specialist second-tier advice, as well as training and outreach, to better societal and professional understanding of refugee and migrant children’s rights.
Kids in Need of Defense UK (KIND UK)
KIND UK is a collaboration between KIND, Inc., a US non-profit organisation serving migrant children with legal representation, and five UK not-for-profit immigration and children’s rights organisations: Central England Law Centre; Coram Children’s Legal Centre; the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit at Islington Law Centre; Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit; and our Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre at JustRight Scotland. We build partnerships with law firms and businesses which will, in turn, provide lawyers who will give their time, pro bono, to children and young people in need of immigration and nationality legal advice and representation.
The Scottish Guardianship Service (SGS) is a Scottish Government-funded service operated by Scottish children’s charity Aberlour in partnership with the Scottish Refugee Council. We collaborate with the SGS to combine our skills and expertise for separated children seeking protection in Scotland. Our collaboration is a best practice working model with the child at the centre. We also provide a 2nd tier advice service for Guardians to assist them in their broad and demanding role supporting children and young people through multiple protection processes.
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Policy Consultation Responses
The Children (Scotland) Act 2020: Registers of child welfare reporters, curators ad litem and solicitors (PDF)
New Plan for Immigration 2021 – JustCitizens Response (PDF)
New Plan for Immigration 2021 – JustRight Scotland Response (PDF)
Briefing for Third Sector Organisations in Scotland Responding to the UK Govt’s New Plan for Immigration Consultation (PDF)
Impact of Covid-19 on Individuals with No Recourse to Public Funds (PDF)
The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill 2020 (PDF)
Proposed Right to Food (Scotland) Bill (PDF)
Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015) (PDF)
Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill 2019 (PDF)
Incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (PDF)
Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (PDF)
Blog & News Articles
‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ and migrant women living with abuse
By Hanan El-Atrash In the UK, some migrants are subject to a condition called No Recourse to Public Funds or NRPF, which can have far reaching consequences for migrant women, particularly those living...
An afternoon with Belgrade Centre for Human Rights
After months of preparation, JustRight Scotland opened its doors today! We got off to a quick start with an afternoon meeting with the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights at the offices of the Scottish...
COVID-19 Policy and Migrants in Scotland
It seems like both forever – and simultaneously no time at all – since Scotland went into lockdown. And though we may now be talking about taking the first tentative steps towards lifting restrictions, the...
Legal Opinion: What does the Nationality and Borders Bill mean for devolution in Scotland?
Sabrina Galella, Policy & Public Affairs Officer at JustRight Scotland. JustRight Scotland and Scottish Refugee Council jointly commissioned a legal opinion from Christine O’Neill QC and her...
Migrant Young People and SAAS
Thanks to our JustRight intern, Niamh Grahame, for writing this blog. Starting university can be a stressful time for any young person. This stress is often amplified for migrant young people in Scotland....
New Collaborations for Children!
We have recently been awarded a grant of funding from Unbound Philanthropy for JustRight for Refugee Children to establish two new collaborations! Unbound Philanthropy is a private grant-making foundation...
New Plan for Immigration Consultation: A Briefing for Scottish Civil Society Organisations
On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. The consultation invites members of...
New Plan for Immigration Consultation: Our Response
On 24 March 2021, the UK Government published its New Plan for Immigration, which sets out various proposals for changes to nationality, immigration and asylum law. JustRight Scotland and our JustCitizens...
Now is the time to show the Home Office the door
PRESS RELEASE After Thursday's events in Glasgow, where the community successfully intervened to protect two migrants, JustRight Scotland has written to the First Minister and Justice Minister calling...
Part 1: What on earth is age assessment?
This is the first in a 2 part blog on age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seeking children. At the Scottish Refugee & Migrant Centre our lawyers are specialists in age assessments. If you don’t...
Part 2: Top Tips for Age Assessment
This is part 2 of our blog series on age assessment, written by our JustRight intern Niamh Grahame. To read part 1, click here. As we covered in part 1, there is no single reliable method for carrying...
Stamping Out NRPF in Scotland
By Talat Yaqoob The news stories of the increasingly dangerous and dehumanising policies being considered by the Home Office have continued to dominate another week in the press. We know that these...