4 Sep 2015

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

'We await the detail of today's welcome announcement that Britain will take thousands more Syrian refugees. There's clearly an urgent need to do so much more to tackle the scale of the humanitarian crisis that is unfolding.

As the heart-breaking images of recent days show, thousands of children are suffering appallingly as families desperately flee violence and persecution. Many children find themselves on their own after their parents die or they are separated.

There can be no compromise when it comes to offering sanctuary and support for children escaping war and persecution. We owe it to children to offer them the protection and help to overcome the trauma that is blighting so many young lives as violence claims the lives of thousands more.
We see from our direct work that, when children do make it to the UK, the current levels of support they receive are inadequate, leaving them and their families with barely enough to survive on.
There can be no compromise when it comes to offering support for children escaping these horrors.'

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