26 Nov 2012

A group of cross-party MPs and peers[i] is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, 27 November, to hear first-hand evidence of whether the asylum support system meets children’s and young people’s needs.

Led by Sarah Teather MP, and assisted by The Children’s Society, the inquiry will hear testimony from experts and asylum-seeking families who experience the Home Office’s system of support.[ii]

There has been no formal review of the asylum support system since 2009[iii], when a statutory duty on the Home Secretary to safeguard and promote children’s welfare came into force.

Where: The oral evidence session is being held at the House of Commons, Committee Room 17, from 10am-12pm.

The deadline for receiving written evidence is Friday 7 December 2012. Please call Nadine Ibbetson on 020 7841 4400 (ext 3016) or email for further information. The inquiry’s report will be published early next year.


Media enquiries

  • For more information, please call Beth Herzfeld, Senior Media Officer in The Children’s Society media team on 020 7841 4422/ 07775 812 357 or email beth.herzfeld@childrenssociety.org  For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.
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  • If you cannot attend, you can follow via live tweets on @ChildSocPol

Notes to editors

  1. The panel chaired by former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather MP comprises Neil Carmichael MP, Caroline Dinenage MP, Nic Dakin MP, Virendra Sharma MP, Lord Avebury, Baroness Lister, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds John Packer, Nadine Finch, Children’s Rights Barrister, Garden Court Chambers and Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society.
  2. Witnesses will include Dr Tony Waterston (Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), Dr Elaine Chase (Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford), David Garrett (Refugee Action), Henry St Clair Miller (NRPF Network), a young person who has experienced the asylum system first-hand and her support worker.
  3. Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 places a duty on the Home Secretary to make arrangements for ensuring that immigration, asylum, nationality and customs functions are discharged in a way that safeguards and promotes the welfare of children.