Seeking Asylum

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  • Introduction
  • Conclusions

Introduction

7.1. The first Safeguarding Children report identified children seeking asylum as a subject for further examination. It recommended

that inspection work should be carried out on safeguarding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and the
children of refugees and asylum seekers. This chapter includes evidence from:

  • a review of five councils: two London boroughs and three councils outside London, which have received large numbers of asylum-seeking families with children since the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) dispersal scheme was set up in 2000;
  • CSCI’s Children’s Services Inspections, inspections of youth offending teams and Ofsted inspections of the education of asylum-seeking children; and
  • recent publications and additional discussions with social services managers involved in strategic planning and front-line services for asylum seekers.