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Comment on the Increase of UASC in Kent

Commenting on the increase of unaccompanied asylum seeking children arriving in Kent Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“The situation in Kent is now critical. There has been a gradual increase in numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the past few months and a spike in July has created an acute and immediate capacity issue for the council. These children, some as young as 12, are extremely vulnerable and in need of our help and support. Our sole focus needs to be on the best interests of the children and ensuring that they are properly supported and cared for.

“The Association is grateful for the immediate help and support given by regional colleagues in response to this situation by providing suitable accommodation to some of the vulnerable children. Because of the unprecedented pressure on London and the south east we are also asking authorities from across the country if they can also help. And in the longer term we are working with various government departments including the DfE and the Home Office on a sustainable national response.”

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The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Ltd is the professional leadership association for Directors of Children’s Services and their senior management teams in England.


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