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Afghan resettlement efforts

Commenting on the contribution of children’s services to the resettlement of Afghan refugees, Charlotte Ramsden, ADCS President, said:

“Councils are proud to support the humanitarian effort to resettle evacuees from Afghanistan and are already providing support to families who have arrived in the country in recent days, many of whom remain in hotel quarantine in line with pandemic control measures for red-list countries. We are working closely with central government, charities, housing and health providers on securing longer term accommodation options as well as putting in place mental health and trauma support. Councils are also coordinating generous donations of essential clothes, toiletries and toys from the public.

“Children’s services teams across the country are supporting a very small number of young evacuees who are unaccompanied as well as children and young people who are already in our care with friends and family still trapped in Afghanistan and are working hard on potential education arrangements for the new arrivals too. The government has just confirmed additional funding to facilitate new school enrolments as well as additional support in the classroom and with transport, which is welcome. For councils to be able to support these vulnerable children and their families properly we will need ongoing financial support from government to ensure these schemes are both sustainable and help people of all ages to thrive in their new home.”

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