Glasgow's Legal Services Agency launched a new project this week to assist and represent the further legal needs of refugee and migrant children and young people based in Scotland.
Jennifer Ang, the newly appointed Lead Solicitor of the Young Persons’ Project, said the scheme will provide their clients, who age up to 25, with “tailored services for needs wider than just asylum and immigration law”.
The project opened on Tuesday with a panel discussion between peers from the LSA, the Scottish Refugee Council and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, amongst others.
Ang says the LSA will provide a “human rights centred approach which will lead to better outcomes” and acknowledge that vulnerable migrant and asylum seeking children have a “wider remit” for support of their rights including issues such as age assessment, housing and child-trafficking.
The launch panel said they recognised the importance of child-friendly spaces and appointments and for support staff to show kindness, understanding and a sense of humour to ensure vulnerable children and young persons’ rights are upheld and voices heard.