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Safeguarding Children Returning to UK from Syria - Advice for...

Over the last few years, a number of British children have travelled to Syria either on their own initiative or were taken there by their parents. As the situation in Syria evolves, we are likely to see some of them return to the UK. Having lived in a war zone, the majority of these children are likely to have been exposed to terrorism and extremist ideology, and witnessed incidents that will almost certainly have had an impact on their mental and emotional development.

The Department for Education, in collaboration with the Home Office, has produced guidance on safeguarding these children and minimising the risk they could potentially pose upon their return. This guidance was developed following group and individual meetings with a number of local authorities. It provides local authorities with advice on how to manage cases involving British children who return to England from Syria and the centrally funded support available to help safeguard them.

If local authorities would like to discuss the guidance or wish to seek clarity on the centralised support or any of the safeguarding aspects of it, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant teams at and

View the guidance

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