Comment on the Increase of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children...

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

“The vulnerability of unaccompanied asylum seeking children is clear. These children, some as young as 12, are traveling across several countries on their own and as a result are at increased risk of exploitation and human trafficking; their lives have been genuinely in danger. The arrival of winter with reduced temperatures poses additional health risks on these children and young people. And it is clear that now more than ever they are in need of our help and support.

“The increase in the number of UASCs arriving in areas with major ports has put further pressure on local authorities who are already working hard to provide effective services with severely reduced budgets and we are grateful to the local authorities from across the country who have helped to place some children and young people in their own local areas. Going forward, we continue to work with various government departments including the DfE and the Home Office on a sustainable national response that these children both need and deserve.”


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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