Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Arriving from Calais

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

“Unaccompanied asylum seeking children are very vulnerable; they’ve fled their home countries, faced unimaginable dangers and have risked their lives in search of safety. Councils take their responsibility to care for UASCs very seriously and a lot of work has been happening both in local areas and at a regional level to support the development of the national transfer scheme for UASCs. Local authorities continue to work together to share learning and experiences in order to be able offer these children and young people the right helps and support when they arrive.

“For those children and young people who are eligible under the Dublin III regulations to be settled with family in the UK we would want to ensure the suitability of these placements and that children would be appropriately cared for.

“We are clear that their best interests must be at the heart of the arrangements put in place to deal with the fallout of the events in Calais over the coming days and we are talking urgently with government officials about the additional funding that is required now and in the longer term to put in place the support services these vulnerable children need and so that local services can safely meet any additional demand.”


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