PUBLISHED: 09:51 27 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:51 27 March 2019 Jo Malone The chilldren don't always know their exact age or the date of their birthday. Picture Getty Images Mr_Khan All they want is a safe home. Can you help the children who have ended up on their own in Norfolk? Could you be a foster carer? The children may have survived all manner of ordeals before arriving in Norfolk looking for a safe home. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto“They’re children first and foremost. Like any other child all they want is a warm loving home and to be made to feel wanted and safe.”The heartfelt words of Tracy Collins, Interim Head of Fostering and Adoption at Norfolk County Council, talking about the hope for more foster carers to care for asylum-seeking children.Norfolk is to be responsible for approximately 70 unaccompanied asylum seeking children over the next 12 months, and people prepared to take on the challenge – and many rewards … [Read more...] about Can you reach out to a frightened child?
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0 Have your say TAXPAYERS are being forced to stump up an extra £1m a year to look after refugee children as immigration chiefs continue to snub Portsmouth’s pleas for extra help. Furious city politicians have taken aim at Westminster and neighbouring authorities for failing to support Portsmouth, which is caring for ‘more than three times’ the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children than it should. At the moment, Portsmouth City Council is looking after 98 children from war-torn countries like Syria and Somalia. Under government recommendations it should only be looking after 31.The extra numbers are causing costs within the council’s children’s services to soar, with an estimated £1m overspend due to asylum-seeking children alone.READ MORE: Police detain 31 illegal immigrants found hiding in a lorry In a bid to help, Oxfordshire County Council vowed to take on one new child a month for the next ten … [Read more...] about Portsmouth faces £1m cash crisis to care for refugee children from Syria and Somalia
Children's services in Sunderland have once again been rated inadequate by Ofsted. Inspectors were again very critical of services for vulnerable youngsters on Wearside, making a series of stinging criticisms in their report.Here are the key statistics when it comes to youngsters living in our city and the services meant to protect them:Children in Sunderland* Approximately 54,260 children and young people under the age of 18 live in Sunderland, making up 20% of the total population.* Approximately 26% of children aged under 16 in the local authority are living in low income families* The proportion of children entitled to free school meals in primary schools is 20% (national average is 14%) and in secondary schools is 21% (nat avg 13%)* Children and young people from miniorty ethnic groups account for 6% of all children living in the city, compared to 21% in the country.Child protection* As of April 23, 2018, 2,929 children had been identified through assessment as being formally in … [Read more...] about Children’s services in Sunderland: A guide by numbers
MORE support is needed to meet rising numbers of asylum seeking children coming into Portsmouth, the council leader has said. Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson has written to the minister for immigration, MP Caroline Nokes, urging for a review of the the national transfer scheme which is a system for local authorities dealing with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs).The scheme was put in place to transfer the children to authorities that have the capacity and resources to look after them.But Portsmouth has seen a steep rise in the number of UASCs arriving in the city, and is currently supporting 87, which is proportionally higher than other councils of nearby areas such as Southampton and Hampshire.Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: 'I have written to the minister of state for immigration inviting her to meet with me and discuss this important issue. It's vital that the government understands the complexities involved, especially against an ever-decreasing council budget, and the … [Read more...] about Extra support is needed for rising numbers of child asylum seekers in Portsmouth
Viet Nam News A Vietnamese woman who duped the authorities in the United Kingdom claiming she was a 16-year-old child has been jailed, after police discovered she was in fact a grown woman. Duong Trinh was found hiding in the toilet when police and immigration officers in the town of Stoke raided a nail and beauty salon. She told officers she was 16 and was the victim of people trafficking. She also tried to claim asylum using the false details. Believing she was a child, Staffordshire County Council placed her in foster care at a cost of £500 (VND15,000,000) per week. It was only when the authorities in England received a tip-off, they contacted the Vietnamese Government and learned she was in born in 1994, making her 22 at the time. She’s now been jailed for eight months on charges of perverting the course of justice. Sending her to prison, Judge Paul Glenn said: “You were arrested and your immediate response was to lie. You gave a false name and date of … [Read more...] about Woman jailed in the UK for pretending to be a vulnerable child