Council welcomes more Calais children

Hounslow Council’s Children’s Services have welcomed a further four unaccompanied children from the refugee camps at Calais.

Published: Monday, 31st October 2016


Hounslow Council’s Children’s Services have welcomed a further four unaccompanied children from the refugee camps at Calais.

Following the re-settlement of two children with relatives in the borough, the council has four children under 16 following the Dubs Amendment.

Dubs is an amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 allowing children be transferred from another country within the EU.

Four children arrived last week via Lunar House, in Croydon which is one of the centres for UK Visa and Immigration to be met by children services officers, who have been working consistently over the weekend and into late evenings this week, to prepare for the arrival of the children.

All the children are amongst the 100 identified minors who will be brought over by the Home Office under a registration scheme, following the dismantlement of the Jungle camp in Calaiseither because they have family ties in the UK or through a programme to give refuge to unaccompanied children from Europe.

Social workers in Hounslow have been working closely with the Home Office to ensure that any child coming to Hounslow are safely reunited if possible, with family members or are found suitable foster care.

Children services will now continue to monitor the children in their care and will be carefully assessing how best to support them further to ensure they receive access to health and medical services, education and other support services.

This will involve education, housing, voluntary sector and health services as required working together with children’s services staff to meet the needs of these vulnerable children and young people.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council, said: “We as a council are delighted to be able to help these young people who have had a horrible experience since leaving their country of origin.

“We want to ensure that these children and young adults are able to settle into communities easily and safely.

“Those that arrive from Calais will require the care and support packages we can offer and we will as a as a council, carry out the necessary assessments and ensure arrangements are made, are in the interest of the children and young people coming under our care.”