Training and Events

PRCBC Children’s Citizenship Rights – Training for Legal Practitioners

Saturday, 9 February 2019, 09:45 – 15:45 at Garden Court Chambers

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Training rates (excluding VAT): Organisations outside London (£40); Organisations in London (£80); Paralegals and Trainees (£20)


  • Intentions of Parliament when passing the British Nationality Act 1981 (Steve Valdez-Symonds former legal officer of ILPA and current refugee and migrant rights programme director at Amnesty UK)
  • Entitlement and discretion provisions on registration of children as British citizens (Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC Director and MRC solicitor)
  • Application Process and Evidence (Amarjit Ahluwalia, Public Law Solicitor, Camden Community Law Centre)
  • Citizenship fees (law, policy and caselaw) and an update on caselaw in relation to general children’s citizenship claims (Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers)
  • Good character requirement (Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers)


This training will provide legal practitioners with a detailed understanding of the law and policy concerning children’s rights to British citizenship and key barriers to children exercising these rights.

It will draw on the litigation, research and experience of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) to:

  • Ensure participants are familiar with the relevant statutory rights and the origins and parliamentary intentions behind them;
  • Enable participants to undertake complex citizenship claims and challenges on behalf of children, including children in local authority care, stateless children and children of EU citizens; and
  • Equip participants to give effect to these statutory rights by:
  1. securing British passports and recognition of citizenship of children with British citizenship;
  2. registering children born and growing up in the UK as British citizens; and
  3. challenging law, policy and practice that is incompatible with children’s citizenship rights and legal duties owed to children concerning their welfare and best interests in the higher courts.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Participants will receive a training pack on the day.


ILPA Training:

Introduction and refresher to the law on the registration of children as British Nationals

A clear understanding on law, policy, practice and process on the registration of children as British citizens by entitlement and discretion.
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20 February 2018

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Basic and Intermediate


Practitioners and advisers working with children on issues of registration as British citizens.

Tutor details: Solange Valdez-Symonds, Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)

Amanda Weston, barrister at Garden Court Chambers

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Seminar: Registration of children as British citizens

Delivered in association with Corams Children’s legal Centre, this session provides an introduction for non-legal professionals to registering children as British citizens, including identifying children who might be eligible, how the process works, and where to go for further advice and assistance.


Thursday 12 April 2018, 3:30pm to  6:30pm

Trainers: Solange Valdez-Symonds 

Location: Coram Community Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
Cost: £25+ VAT-  All resources and refreshments provided.

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