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Liberal Democrats launch consultation on how Britain can support 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children

February 26, 2016 3:58 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Tim Farron in LesvosIt is estimated 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. Liberal Democrats have repeatedly backed Save the Children's call for the government to offer safe haven to 3,000 of these children, the UK's fair share.

Tim Farron hosted a cross party roundtable which looked 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.

Liberal Democrats have launched an online consultation based on the outcome of this meeting.

Experts and the public will be able to submit proposals to form a blueprint of how Britain can accept the unaccompanied minors who have arrived in Europe.

The consultation document can be read here

Consultation responses should be sent to 3000@libdems.org.uk by the 18th March 2016.

We encourage responses from anyone with experience, expertise or interest in the subject.

Tim Farron MP 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."