The Children’s Section
Banner created by the young people attending the Children's Section Social Evening and Refugee Youth.
In 2014 1861 separated children claimed asylum in the UK, seeking safety from countries where the state has caused them harm or has been unable to protect them. The Refugee Council works to safeguard and improve the lives of separated children in England.
Poster appeal - help welcome a separated child to the UK
Thank you to everyone who has sent in posters so far. To see some of the fantastic welcome posters please click here. They have already brightened up our Dover office but we still need more.
The Refugee Council Children's Section is working in Kent with newly arrived separated children. When they arrive they are often disorientated and scared. They are taken to buildings where they see lots of official looking people. Even though the officials are there to help the young person, they can appear terrifying to a newly arrived child who may only ever have had bad experiences of people in uniforms. Our Advisers try to make the young people feel welcomed and safe. This is where you can help. We would like to put posters on the walls telling the young person that they are welcome, that people in the UK wish them well and that they are in a child friendly environment. We would like people to send us posters saying 'welcome', which the children will see as they arrive.
If you would like to help please make a poster or a card and send it to our office at the address below and then your message can help make a child's initial hours in the UK a less scary time.
Please send your posters to Refugee Council Children's Section, 13 - 14 Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX
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Statistics relating to separated children in the UK:
About the Children's Section Services
The Children's Section is comprised of the following services. Please click on the service link below for more information.