An illustrative grant made as part of the Supported Options Initiative is to Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC), the UK’s leading children’s legal charity. CCLC was established in 1981 as the major UK project for the International Year of the Child and was acquired by Coram, the children’s charity, in 2011. CCLC provides free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, care givers, and social service and education professionals, as well as training and consultancy on child law and children’s rights.
Unbound has funded CCLC continuously since 2007. We are currently funding two projects. The first is a new pro bono initiative with city law firms to provide legal services to help children, young people, and families to exercise children's rights to British citizenship. The second project that we support is the Migrant Children’s Project (MCP), which offers one-to-one advice from a dedicated solicitor on all issues affecting migrant, asylum-seeking, and refugee children and young people, whether they are unaccompanied in the UK or with their families. The MCP has had several significant achievements: increasing the reach of its free legal information, guidance and resources; doubling its telephone advice line capacity; extending its outreach services; and improving its communications and advocacy capacity. Finally, CCLC is a host of one of the inaugural Justice First Fellows described below, for which Unbound Philanthropy is one of the founding supporters.