Unaccompanied children in care & care-leavers


Briefing on the National Transfer Scheme, August 2017

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 […]

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Children and Social Work Bill

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.   […]

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Department for Education draft statutory guidance for local authorities

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 […]

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Refugee Family Reunion: briefing for Westminster Hall debate

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.

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RCC statement on media coverage of children from Calais

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.

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Independent Child Trafficking Advocates: briefing for Westminster Hall debate

“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.

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Children and Social Work Bill briefing: corporate parenting principles

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.

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Children and Social Work Bill briefing: migrant care leavers

This is a briefing for the Children and Social Work Bill, at Committee Stage in the House of Lords. See also our briefing on corporate parenting principles and access to legal advice and representation.

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Statement on the refugee crisis

The RCC welcomes the shift in public attitudes towards the refugee crisis and the compassion and generosity displayed by the UK public. It is right that the government has finally pledged to recognise the country’s moral responsibility and accept 20,000 more Syrian refugees over the next 5 years through the existing Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.However, this […]

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RCC response to Transforming Legal Aid Consultation

A print-friendly copy of this consultation response can be downloaded here.  Introduction The Refugee Children’s Consortium (RCC) is a group of NGOs working collaboratively to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee children are promoted, respected and met in accordance with the relevant domestic, regional and international human rights and welfare standards. Refugee and […]

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