Children in Care: Refugees

Home Office written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria his Department used to assess the availability of spaces in local authority care for unaccompanied child refugees.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

In 2016, the Government conducted a comprehensive consultation with local authorities across the UK to assess their capacity to accept unaccompanied children into their care. The outcome of the consultation led to the Government announcing that it would transfer 480 unaccompanied children to the UK from Europe under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

The Home Office maintains a continual dialogue with local authorities and Strategic Migration Partnerships across the country in order to identify placements for unaccompanied children to fulfil the Government’s commitments.

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