A few weeks ago, a whistleblower reported that dozens of children had gone missing from a Home Office-run facility, with clear indications that they had been trafficked by criminal gangs. The government has admitted that it is unaware of the whereabouts of hundreds of children.
As of January 2023, the Home Office has been accommodating unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in hotels for over 19 months. At least 4,600 children have been placed in hotels, 440 missing episodes have been recorded, and 200 children remain missing.
We are working with Article 39 – a charity which fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions – on three separate legal actions to keep these vulnerable children safe, including challenging the Home Office’s controversial practice of housing unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in unregulated hotels.
We hope to hold those responsible accountable, urgently increase protection for children currently at risk, and prevent the same thing happening to other vulnerable children in the future.
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