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27 Nov Westminster releases statement about safeguarding unaccompanied minors

On 1 November 2016, the government published a statement about the needs of vulnerable unaccompanied children, in the context of recent events in Calais. The statement, published by the minister for vulnerable children and families, promises a strategy by 1 May 2017. It also highlights the urgent need for more foster carers:

“In recognition of the important role fostering plays in caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children the strategy will set out plans to increase the number of foster carers. This will include evaluating the need for any additional training needs required by foster carers and support workers in looking after unaccompanied children.”

“Supported lodgings, where young people can live in a shared and supportive environment, can also play an important role in meeting the needs of these children as well as ensuring placement capacity so we will set out our plans to encourage provision of this type.”

Read the full statement here

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