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Coram Children’s Legal Centre celebrates its 40th anniversary

On 23 November Coram marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC) with publication of a report setting out how CCLC has changed the legal landscape for hundreds of thousands of children and young people through legal advice, representation and information since it was established as the Children's Legal Centre in 1981.

An event to mark the anniversary included contributions from The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division England and Wales, Dame Rachel de Souza, the Children's Commissioner for England, and Baroness Hale of Richmond, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom until 2020.

Over its 40-year history, CCLC has dedicated itself to using the law to promote and uphold the rights of children. The free Child Law Advice Service, established in 1982, today answers legal queries from thousands of families every year, while its online legal information receives two million downloads annually. In 2011, the Children's Legal Centre amalgamated with Coram to become Coram Children's Legal Centre, and it has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. The Legal Practice Unit delivers specialist legal aid representation in family law, community care, education and immigration law whilst the Migrant Children's Project delivers innovative early advice services including outreach in community settings, second tier advice to professionals working with migrant children and workshops co-delivered with young people. The international team has worked to promote child rights-related legal reforms in over 90 countries around the world.

For the report, click here. For more details of CCLC's work, click here.