Unaccompanied child refugees

September 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm / by

Education questions

It is clear that we need to improve the measures in place to protect the unaccompanied child refugees that come to the UK seeking our protection. Unfortunately, nearly a year has passed since the Government committed to publishing a strategy to better safeguard vulnerable, separated children.

Upon arrival in the UK, these children face the complex process of making an asylum claim on their own. Often, the Home Office challenges their age. Such a daunting prospect too often results in these children going missing from care.

In 2015 alone, ECPAT (Ensuring Child Protection Against Trafficking) reported that 593 unaccompanied asylum seeking children went missing from care.

I asked the Minister when she plans to publish the Government’s strategy on the safeguarding of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children. You can watch my question below. Following recommendations from charities such as the Refugee Council and the Children’s Society, I also questioned the Government on whether they will listen to the advice of experts in the field and provide child refugees with a legal guardian, to act as their guide and advocate.

See my question to the minister here, or click below: