2018 We joined efforts with Lord Alf Dubs and Safe Passage in the ‘Our Turn’ campaign.
One of our Young Leaders led a successful deputation at the council, achieving a council commitment to receiving 100 young people, if there is a government funded scheme. We continue to work with our council to support the unaccompanied young refugees who are already placed here.
We are now a member of the Refugee and Migrant Children's Consortium (RMCC). RMCC is a group of NGOs working collaboratively to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee and migrant children are promoted, respected and met in accordance with the relevant regional and international standards.
Collectively the Consortium has significant expertise and has built a good relationship with the Home Office and Specialist Advisors in Parliament. As members of RMCC we are in a position to share expertise with government officials on matters relating to child migrants and refugees. This membership helps us amplify the voices of our young people and take part in important discussions that affect the lives of young refugees.
In 2018 we submitted a report to the Chief Inspector of Immigration and BordersInsp. David Bolt. His role is to inspect the Home Office and make recommendations for improvements of their work.
His recent inspection concluded children’s voices should be heard more through the asylum process but it appeared neither he nor the Home Office had many any plans to take this any further.
We contacted Insp. David Bolt, and secured a two hour session in Parliament for young people to share their experiences of the Home Office directly. He has agreed to collect this as evidence. Our MP, Caroline Lucas will support this event. The Home Office’s treatment of young people is still one of the biggest factors affecting the mental health of our service users, we will use this opportunity in Parliament to highlight this.