Council welcomes children from Calais

Hounslow Children's Services has responded promptly to the first arrivals of unaccompanied children and young people from the refugee camps at Calais.

Published: Friday, 21st October 2016

Hounslow Children's Services has responded promptly to the first arrivals of unaccompanied children and young people from the refugee camps at Calais.
The council has so far re-settled one child with relatives in the borough.

The children are amongst the 100 identified minors who will be brought over by the Home Office under a registration scheme, before the Jungle camp in Calais is dismantled either 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 the children coming to Hounslow are safely reunited if possible, with family members.

Children services will be carefully assessing how best to support the families to care for the young people and to ensure they receive timely access to health, education and other support services.

This will involve education, housing, voluntary sector and health services working together 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 experienced horrendous conditions since leaving their country of origin.

“We want to ensure that these children and young adults are able to settle into communities easily. Those that arrive from Calais will require the care and support packages we can offer and we will as a as a council, have the right to assess and ensure arrangements that are made are in the interest of the children and young people coming to Hounslow.”