4 May 2016

In response to the Government's announcement that it will take unaccompanied refugee children from Europe, Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society, said:

'The Government’s decision to bring unaccompanied children fleeing war and persecution from Europe is important, but it must make sure that once these children arrive in the UK they get the support they desperately need.

'It is vital they not only get immediate protection but also the help they need to keep them safe throughout their childhoods.

'In addition to access to specialist mental health care to help them recover from the unimaginable trauma they have suffered, access to social workers and appropriate housing to provide them with vital stability and keep them safe, it is crucial that these vulnerable unaccompanied children are given an independent legal guardian to help them navigate the complex immigration and legal systems they will have to face.'

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Notes to editors:

  • The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.