Letter to the Immigration Minister on proposals to end independent, impartial advice on voluntary return

Last updated July 14, 2015Letters, Resource

A letter to Immigration Minister James Brokenshire MP from the Refugee Children’s Consortium, asking him to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee children are promoted and respected within the changes to the assisted voluntary return programmes.

The Refugee Children’s Consortium (RCC) is a group of over 40 NGOs working collaboratively to ensure that the rights and needs of refugee children are promoted, respected and met in accordance with the relevant domestic, regional and international human rights and welfare standards. Its membership includes leading children’s and refugee NGOs, bringing together a significant body of expertise in dealing directly with asylum-seeking and trafficked children, and safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare.

Members of the RCC are: Action for Children, Asphaleia Action, Asylum Aid, Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees (AVID), Bail for Immigration Detainees, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Brighter Futures, British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), Catch22 National Care Advisory Service, Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB),Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Children England, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Children’s Rights Alliance for England,The Children’s Society, DOST, ECPAT UK, Family Rights Group, The Fostering Network, Family Service Units (FSU), Freedom From Torture, Gatwick Detainees, Kent Refugee Action Network, Klevis Kola, The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association(ILPA), Islington Law Centre, JCORE, Law Centres Network, Medical Justice, NCB, NSPCC, OMID International, The Prince’s Trust, RAMFEL, Refugee Action, Refugee Council, Refugee Support Network, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,Scottish Refugee Council, Student Action for Refugees (STAR), UNICEF UK, Voice, The Who Cares? Trust, and Welsh Refugee Council.

Barnardo’s, British Red Cross, Office of the Children’s Commissioner (England) & UNHCR all have observer status.