Project 17

About Us

Project 17 is an organisation working to end destitution among migrant children. It works with families experiencing exceptional poverty to improve their access to local authority support. 

We believe that all children have the right to a home and enough to eat, regardless of their parents’ immigration status. To achieve our vision, we provide advice, advocacy and support for individuals. We build capacity in other organisations and we campaign for the improved implementation of statutory support.

Project 17 works towards ensuring that local authorities comply with the duties imposed on them by Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need. Section 17 enables local councils to provide accommodation and financial support to avoid children being taken into the care of the local authority.

This duty exists even if the family has no right to work, no access to welfare benefits and social housing and no leave to remain in the UK. Project 17 exists to ensure that individuals eligible for support under Section 17 are able to access it effectively.

Our core values and behaviours:


  1. A commitment to challenging social injustice with an inclusive and feminist approach.
  2. A commitment to learning from the experiences and the resilience of our clients.


  1. Working with a family-focused approach by displaying care and empathy and building trust through non-judgmental, honest relationships.
  2. Creating a supportive warm and open working environment.


  1. Working tirelessly to deliver expert services in an innovative, adaptable and professional way. 
  2. Maintaining and strengthening external relationships that support our core principles


Read our annual reports for more information: 

Annual report (for the year 2020-2021)

Annual report (for the year 2019-2020)

Annual report (for the year 2018-2019)

Annual report (for the year 2017-2018)

Annual report (for the year 2016-2017)

Annual report (for the year 2015-2016)

Annual report (for the year 2014-2015)

Annual report (for the year 2013-2014)