About the Children′s Section

About the Children's Section

  • The Refugee Council Children’s Section is the only national service of its kind offering advice and support to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
  • The Children’s Section works with around 200 separated children every month, receiving referrals from statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as directly from children themselves. 
  • The Children’s Section is made up of a panel of multi-lingual OISC registered Advisors who offer asylum and welfare support to separated children, young people seeking asylum who are under the age of 18 as well as trafficked children and children who are age disputed and held in detention.
  • Advisors also help with other issues such as foster placements, getting young people into education, trying to help them locate their family, health issues or simply being someone with whom they can talk when there is no one else they can turn to.
  • In 2015 The Children's Section set up My View, a therapeutic service which offers therapy and psycho-educational groups to unaccompanied children


  • In 2016, 3175 separated children claimed asylum in the UK, with the highest numbers arriving from Albania, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, Vietnam, Iraq and Iran.


Separated Children in Europe Programme

The Refugee Council is also a partner in the Separated Children in Europe Programme. Together with Save the Children UK, and UNHCR (London office), we work with the programme to inform and influence policy and practice in this field from a UK perspective. The Programme produces a number of good practice guides and policy positions on a range of issues affecting separated children across Europe.

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