Young Persons' Project

In January 2012, the Women and Young Persons` Department launched a unique and innovative new Project providing legal advice to refugee and migrant children and young people (up to age 25) in Scotland. 

Legal advice

The Young Persons` Project provides legal advice, assistance and representation to refugee and migrant children and young people in the following areas:

  • Asylum and immigration law
  • Rights and entitlements of children and young people in Scotland
  • Access to rights and support under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995
  • Support such as somewhere to stay and living costs
  • Education 
  • Social work
  • Children’s Hearing System
  • National Referral Mechanism
  • Homelessness and housing 
  • Rights to work
  • Compensation

If you wish advice, contact us.

Download Young Persons` Service leaflet.

Second-tier advice

We also provide free advice to other lawyers, organisations and individuals who are assisting or supporting refugee and migrant children and young people (up to age 25) who are based in Scotland. If you are interested in obtaining second-tier advice from project staff see second tier/general advice.

Policy, research and training

More information on policy, research and training.

Project staff

The project has the following staff:

  • Kirsty Thomson - Solicitor (Senior Associate and Head of Women and Young Persons` Department)
  • Andrew Sirel - Solicitor
  • Helen Murray - Legal Secretary

The project is also supported by a volunteer programme.   

Funder

The Young Persons` Project is supported by funds from Paul Hamlyn Foundation.