Safeguarding asylum-seeking children

The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report on channel crossings, migration and asylum to the UK. Findings include: the wait for asylum-seeking children is inappropriately long at 550 days; children are being incorrectly recorded as adults; unaccompanied children were left alone in unsuitable accommodation, increasing the risk of trafficking and exploitation; and there was not adequate mental health identification and support for children. Recommendations include: clarify who is responsible for safeguarding children housed in accommodation; commission an independent review of the experience of asylum-seeking children; and prioritise and reduce the time taken to process unaccompanied children’s claims.

Read the report: Channel crossings, migration and asylum

Source: House of Commons

Date: 21 July 2022

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