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Time for action – the UK Government must deliver on its refugee children commitment now
Ask your local Councillor to pressure Government into action today.

In May 2016 the Government made a commitment to work with local councils to bring unaccompanied refugee children in Europe to safety in the UK, under an agreement called the “Dubs scheme”.

Three months on and they have completely failed to deliver on this promise.

Liberty and Help Refugees are campaigning to hold the Government to account and make this pledge a reality, and we need your support.

Take Action : Ask your councillor to sign our Statement of Support

Demonstrating local support for the Dubs scheme sends a strong message to central Government that the time to act is now – and that councils are keen to play their part.

Write to your local councillors using our form below. Ask them to sign up to our statement pressuring central Government into honouring their commitment.

Statement of Support:

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to create a resettlement scheme to bring unaccompanied refugee children in Europe to safety in the UK. We recognise and support the vital role that local councils can and should play in caring for children seeking sanctuary.

We urge central government to provide funding to build the essential regional infrastructure necessary to secure the placement and support of children across the country and help us build them a brighter, safer future.”

If you are a councillor and would like to support the statement, please email RefugeePledge@liberty-human-rights.org.uk
Write to your local councillor

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Supporting Councillors

A full list of councillors who have pledged their support to the statement can be viewed here.

Take Action: Write to your local newspaper

Writing to your local newspaper is a great way of bringing the desperate plight of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to the attention of your community, council and local MP.

It will be instrumental in persuading local councillors to sign up to Liberty and Help Refugees’ Protect Refugee Children campaign.

To help you get your message across, here are some tips for writing to your local paper.

Background

Child refugees endure violence and separation from family members; lose access to education, healthcare, the support of their communities and often face bleak and uncertain futures.

As a recent harrowing report from UNICEF revealed, trauma does not end at Europe’s shores.  Children seeking sanctuary across the continent face routine exploitation and abuse. Many have already disappeared into the hands of traffickers.

The UK has a long tradition of providing refuge to those escaping persecution and indiscriminate violence.

In May 2016, the Government committed to create a scheme proposed by Lord Dubs – himself a child of the Kindertransport – to bring refugee children stranded in Europe to safety in the UK.

The time for action is now.  Local and central government must work together to ensure the Dubs scheme fulfils its potential as a lifeline for some of Europe’s most vulnerable children.

Currently huge question marks remain around funding for the regional infrastructure that will ensure consistent and high quality services across the country.

The whole process of resettlement – from assessment overseas, through placement with individual councils, to accessing essential services – must be rooted in the best interests of the child and adequately resourced.

Together we can hold the Government to account. Offering sanctuary to those fleeing war and terror is one of the most pressing human rights issues in the UK today.

By demonstrating local support for the Dubs scheme we send a strong message that urgent action is needed, and that local councils are keen to play their part.

Updates

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Ealing, Brighton and Oxford Councils latest to back Liberty and Help Refugees’ pledge to support unaccompanied refugee children
27 October 2016

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Belfast City Council backs Liberty and Help Refugees campaign to Protect Refugee Children – and urges Northern Ireland Executive to play its part
05 September 2016

Lambeth Council backs Liberty and Help Refugees pledge to protect refugee children – and urges central Government to play its part
17 August 2016

 

An offer of sanctuary for Europe’s refugee children
06 May 2016

 

MPs must act to provide sanctuary to desperate refugee children
28 April 2016

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Take action on the Immigration Bill now: 4 crucial asks for your MP
19 April 2016

Resources

Protect Refugee Children.pdf (269.46 KB)
Liberty’s Report Stage briefing on the Children and Social Work Bill: safeguarding unaccompanied refugee children (Oct 2016).pdf (282.77 KB)
Liberty’s briefing on the Children and Social Work Bill amendment 135A (July 2016).pdf (406.53 KB)
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