The Children’s Section

Welcome to the Children's Section

We offer advice and support to unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK.


Banner created by the young people attending the Children's Section Social Evening and Refugee Youth.

In 2016, 3175 separated children claimed asylum in the UK. These children arrive in the UK seeking safety from countries where the state cannot protect their rights as children. This may be due to conflict, political instability or other reasons for which the child is persecuted in their country of origin. The Refugee Council works to safeguard and improve the lives of separated children in England.

Refer a young person to our service ...

Find out about a Drop-In service near you...

See the latest statistics relating to separated children in the UK:

Read the experiences of some of our volunteers:


May 2017 - New surgeries opened in Manchester and Leicester! This is in addition to 3 London sites and others in Suffolk, Northampton, Peterborough, Hull, Sheffield and Luton! Check out the full list of current Drop - In sites here. We also have advisers working in Leeds, Birmingham and Kent who do outreach work. Find out more here.


Half Term blues?

Sarah Temple Smith, a children's therapist with My View, supports young people during the half term. Read her latest blog 'Come rain or shine'

Regional expansion:

The Children's Section has been able to expand its services in the regions with additional staff. This will enable us to extend our services in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and East of England. Find out more... 

Therapeutic Service - My View: 

My View is the Refugee Council's therapeutic service for unaccompanied children. It has been a great success since it began and the service is soon to expand into Leeds, Birmingham and Luton in order to help improve the mental health of more unaccompanied children seeking asylum and with refugee status.   Find out more ...

Poster appeal - help welcome a separated child to the UK

May 2017 - The poster appeal is now closed. Thank you to everyone who sent in posters.

Collage of Welcome Posters 2 To see some of the fantastic welcome posters please click here. 
The Refugee Council Children's Section works with newly arrived separated children.  We asked people to send in posters and cards to welcome the young people - and you did!  Thanks to everyone who send something in, you really have made the offices look bright, cheerful and welcoming. 

 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.