Letter from Children’s Commissioner on UASCs

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

“It is right that gateway authorities such as Kent should not bear the brunt of supporting the rising number of UASCs arriving on our shores and we are grateful to those councils who have offered to place some children and young people in their own local areas.

“We face a humanitarian crisis that requires a humanitarian response from the entire sector and local authorities have been working hard in regional groupings to meet the needs of UASCs. Those with more experience are helping others with their planning to ensure that we get this right for the children and young people who deserve our support. We must ensure that their best interests remain at the heart of all arrangements and that local services are safely able to meet any additional demand. Crucial to ensuring that arrangements are sustainable is highlighting any issues that might exist, including the need for a range of suitable placement options to meet the needs of those who arrive as well as school places - our ability to influence the school system will be absolutely essential to this.”


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