Briefing on the National Transfer Scheme, August 2017 You can download a print-friendly version of this briefing here. Background Launched on the 1st July 2016 by the Home Office and Department for Education, the National Transfer Scheme was described as a ‘new voluntary transfer arrangement between local authorities for the care of unaccompanied children who […]
The Children and Social Work Bill was debated by Parliament in 2016-17. RCC briefings on the Bill included the following: a proposed amendment on care planning for the permanence and stability of migrant and asylum-seeking children in care a briefing on the impact of changes to leaving care provisions on former asylum-seeking young people. […]
RCC response to the Department for Education draft statutory guidance for local authorities: Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery. You can download a print-friendly copy of this consultation response here. The Refugee Children’s Consortium (RCC) is a group of NGOs working collaboratively to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee […]
We welcome the opportunity to inform the 2017 review of the level of asylum support cash allowance. A print-friendly copy of this submission can be downloaded here. Our comments relate to the 2016 Home Office report on review of cash allowance paid to asylum seekers. Comments are in two parts: overarching observations about the review […]
Security company G4S has announced that they are to be awarded the contract to run the welfare services at the new family detention unit at Tinsley House by the Home Office. The new unit replaces Cedars pre-departure accommodation, where welfare services had been provided by the children’s charity Barnardo’s. The members of the Detention Sub-Group […]
There is no automatic entitlement for children to access legal aid. For refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children, their status in the UK means they are more likely to require legal advice for immigration or asylum cases, or to enforce other rights in the UK.
There are approximately 10,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children across Europe. Those children in the UK are not, unlike adult refugees, allowed to be reunited with their families here.
Coverage this week by some national newspapers about the transfer of young people from Calais to the UK has been inflammatory, inhumane and may actually put children at risk of harm.
“I feel confident that my advocate gives me all the information I need to know about what they’re doing for me.”
In 2015, the Modern Slavery Act provided for independent child trafficking advocates to support child victims of trafficking in England and Wales. 2 A system of advocates was trialled in 23 English local authorities between September 2014 and September 2015. Following an independent evaluation published in December 2015, the Government decided not to roll out a nationwide service immediately, but instead to consider adapting and further testing the role of the independent child trafficking advocate.
This is a briefing for the Children and Social Work Bill, at Committee Stage in the House of Lords, on corporate parenting principles and access to legal advice and representation. See also our briefing on migrant care leavers.