Statement on Calais

27 October 2016

 

Cllr Wilhelmina Mitchell Murray, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

 

"Following the demolition of the refugee camp in Calais, the Council has received a number of enquiries from our residents regarding what we are doing to help children seeking asylum.

 

"Brent is already one of the top four boroughs in London with regards to the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in our care. We currently look after 150 children and young people, either as children in care or care leavers.

 

"In the past week, we have received eight requests from the Home Office to assess family arrangements in Brent with whom a child from the refugee camp could be reunited. All of these assessments have been completed, with these children successfully supported by our social workers to transition into living in Brent, either with family or in the care of the Council.

 

"Despite the ongoing cuts to local government funding, we hope that other local authorities will follow the example set in Brent and make further provision to support these unaccompanied children.

 

"I am extremely proud that here in Brent we are continuing to play our part, providing support for those most in need. Our borough - the most culturally diverse in the country - has always welcomed people from across the world. As a Council, we will continue to work closely with the Home Office to ensure that we are doing all we can to help those affected by this crisis.

 

"If you are a resident who would like to offer your support to refugees, please visit https://www.brent.gov.uk/your-community/supporting-syrian-refugees-in-brent."