Syrian Refugees

Commenting on the Syrian refugees arriving in the UK Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“Our members share the concerns voiced by our colleagues at the LGA particularly the need for local authorities to gain a better picture of the profile of refugees arriving so that the right type of support is in place for them when they arrive.

“We know that Syrian refugees are extremely vulnerable and include unaccompanied asylum seeking children and single mothers and families with young children. All of these individuals are fleeing war zones and have experienced terrible atrocities in their home countries including being subject to physical or sexual violence. And their lives have genuinely been in danger. As a result they are at greater risk of developing mental health problems and experiencing poor health and wellbeing. This is greatly concerning because if the right type of support is not in place to help the, overcome the trauma they have experienced they could be at greater risk of serious safeguarding issues.

“Local authorities have a clear responsibility to care for children in their local areas, including refugees, and of course we must consider the financial implications of this but above all else we must remember that every child, every young person and every family has their own story. So going forward we must all consider the best way to support them to recover from their experiences and in becoming part of our local communities.”


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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