Safeguarding unaccompanied children

Exactly one year after it was promised by the then ministers for immigration and children, the government published its safeguarding strategy for unaccompanied children on 1 November. The strategy’s introductory and welcome message is that refugee and migrant children are children first and foremost, and must not be defined by their immigration status. It makes…



Care leavers and the ‘local offer’

New duties introduced under the Children & Social Work Act 2017 will include a requirement for local authorities to set out exactly what support they are offering to care leavers and the extension of help of a personal adviser to all care leavers up to the age of 25.


What will Brexit mean for children?

What is the government’s current position and what is it proposing for the status of European children after the UK finally leaves the EU? Following the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, European citizens were left in limbo about their status in the UK, as were British citizens living abroad. Of the three…



Children and Social Work Bill campaign success

The ‘exemption clause’ of the Children and Social Work Bill has been defeated. Royal Assent has been granted to the Children and Social Work Bill, which now becomes the Children and Social Work Act 2017. We welcome the fact that the clauses (Chapter 3 of the Bill) allowing local councils to opt-out of their legal…


Report: Growing up in a hostile environment

‘Undocumented children are triply vulnerable, as migrants, as persons in an irregular situation and as children. The laws tend to tackle their situation from a migration and status standpoint, and not from a child viewpoint’ Council of Europe A recent estimate put the number of undocumented migrant children in the UK at 120,000, with over…