Increase in UASCs Comment

Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Unaccompanied asylum seeking children who go missing from care are extremely vulnerable; they are removed from their families and local communities placing them at increased risk of being exploited by individuals and gangs. These children are in urgent need of our help and support.

“Local authorities with major ports of entry are now facing unprecedented pressures with an increasing number of UASC arriving on their shores and this has created critical and immediate capacity issues.

“The figures show an increase in the numbers of unaccompanied children and young people going missing from care which is deeply concerning but should be viewed in the context of the overall rising numbers of children and young people arriving in the UK. For example, in Kent we know the situation is particularly acute - their UASC population has increased by 60% in the last year.

“Our continued challenge will be to prevent children and young people from going missing in the first place and the sector continues to share good practice and learning in this area to keep children safe from harm.”


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