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Liberal Democrats launch consultation on how Britain can support unaccompanied refugee children

Tim Farron MP

Liberal Democrats have launched an online consultation on how Britain can support unaccompanied refugee children.

The party has repeatedly backed Save the Children’s call for the government to offer safe haven to 3,000 of these children.

Tim Farron MP
Tim Farron MP

Recently Tim Farron MP hosted a cross party roundtable looking at how the Government and communities could welcome these children and what resources, support and tools are needed.

The meeting was attended by over 20 experts and organisations working with refugees, vulnerable children and foster carers.

There are more than 20,000 unaccompanied refugee children amongst those who have reached Europe, many of whom are at risk from being trafficked into prostitution or child labour.

The consultation will enable the experts and the public to submit proposals to form a blueprint of how Britain can accept the unaccompanied minors who have arrived in Europe.

Mr Farron said: “These children have fled desperate situations, are now vulnerable and at risk from traffickers. I have repeatedly called for the government to take, 3,000 children, which is Britain’s fair share.

“We recognise communities will need support to meet this challenge, which is why we’re inviting everyone to be a part of this consultation process to set out how we can meet this moral obligation and pressure the government to do the right thing.”

Liberal Democrats are encouraging responses from anyone with experience, expertise or interest in the subject.

Click here to read the consultation document.

Consultation responses should be sent to [email protected] by the 18th March 2016.

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