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Resources & Training

KIND UK (Kids in Need of Defense) offers training and publishes resources for those working with children, young people and families who may experience nationality and citizenship issues.

Most professionals working with children, young people and families are not experts in immigration and nationality law, but they are in a key position to identify those who may need legal help.

KIND UK provides free legal help to children, young people and families as they navigate the UK’s immigration and nationality procedures, and we campaign for systemic change to ensure that all children are safe and able to thrive regardless of their immigration or nationality status.

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Training

KIND offers regular training events for those working with children, young people and families.

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Reports & Briefings

Children in Need

A guide for local authorities 
July 2022

Helpful information for professionals working with children in need (and their families) who are not British citizens, including how local authorities can find out about a child’s nationality and immigration status, refer children and families for legal advice, and access other sources of support. 

Routes to children’s nationality and immigration status

July 2022

A summary of some of the ways that a child’s immigration status can be improved or they can acquire British citizenship. 

EEA National Children in Need

A briefing on support for children in need who are EEA nationals or family members of EEA nationals, residing in the UK after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, focusing on local authorities’ duties to provide support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (England). 

Resources

Flowchart: How local authorities can help children improve their immigration status or acquire British citizenship

Case Studies

A selection of case studies from KIND and our partners.

These are based on real examples that demonstrate particular issues that those working with children, young people and families will encounter. Many also include analysis of best practice.

All names and some details have been changed to protect identities. Some are composite case studies drawn from different examples.

Khalima

Child in need taken into care, EU Settled Status for relative of EEA national, domestic violence

Marco

 Child in care: EEA national, good character requirement 

Gemma

 Child in Need and family, EU Pre-Settled Status

Lena

 Child in Need, adult sibling, domestic violence