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The Refugee Children's Consortium
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 standards. The Children’s Society and Coram Children’s Legal Centre currently chair the RCC.
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RCC priorities include
• working to ensure children in the immigration system are kept safe from harm and that the UK Border Agency complies with its duty under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 to 'safeguard and promote the welfare of children'
• campaigning to completely end the immigration detention of children, and ensure families are not split up by being detained
• ensuring children are not returned to countries or circumstances where they would be unsafe or at risk of harm
• fighting the enforced destitution of children and their families who seek asylum in the UK.
Membership of the RCC
Action for Children
Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID)
Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID)
British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
British Associations for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)
Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE)
The Children's Society
Coram Children's Legal Centre
Family Rights Group
Freedom From Torture
The Fostering Network
The Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)
Islington Law Centre
The Prince’s Trust
Refugee Support Network
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Scottish Refugee Council
Save The Children UK
Student Action for Refugees (STAR)
Welsh Refugee Council
The following have observer status:
The British Red Cross
Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England
Recent RCC Documents
- Response to Green Paper on Legal Aid Reform - February 2011
- Access to Higher Education – November 2011
- Submission to the Education Select Committee on Child Protection – November 2011
- Detention briefing – September 2011