Ben Hawkin was pleased to accept an invitation to speak at an event to mark the launch of Project 17, a charity which works to reduce destitution amongst migrant children by improving access to information about entitlement to local authority support under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, and by ensuring that local authorities comply with their duties to safeguard the welfare of all children in need, regardless of their parents’ immigration status.

Ben, who acted for the Appellant in the seminal case of ZH (Tanzania), outlined the history of children’s rights in the United Kingdom and explained, to much applause, why the work of organisations such as Project 17 is more crucial than ever in the current political and economic climate.

Gwawr Thomas is one of Project 17’s founding trustees.

Read more about Project 17’s work here.