Separated children's services open in Birmingham and Leeds - Refugee Council
July 19, 2007

Separated children’s services open in Birmingham and Leeds

The Children’s Panel at the Refugee Council has opened two new offices in Birmingham and in Leeds.

The Children’s Panel works with separated children who are under the age of 18 when they enter the UK. The team can also work with asylum seeking young people under 21 who, in the absence of a parent, are caring for younger brothers and sisters.

  • They guide separated children through the asylum process and assist them in accessing good legal representation.
  • They also advise children on a range of issues and support them during appointments with GPs, hospitals, children’s services or other service providers.

Through supporting separated children the team works closely with statutory, voluntary and community organisations and once a good support network is in place for the child or young person, the Refugee Council withdraws their direct involvement.

A launch event has also been arranged to mark the openings on 06 August. The event will consist of a short play entitled ‘Out of the Frying Pan’, performed by asylum seeking young people. The play explores the experience of a young person going through the asylum system. There will also be speeches by the Refugee Council’s Chief Executive Donna Covey and the Head of the Refugee Council’s Children’s Section Jane Dykins.

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If you are interested in attending the launch in Birmingham on August 6th at 10.30 – 12.30, Contact Blanka Stevenson by phone on 0121 622 0965 or email: blanka.stevenson@refugeecouncil.org.uk

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