In exile and separated from parents and family, children suffer from the loss of all that is familiar to them: their home, family, friends, community, language, culture and their previous way of life.
It has also recently become clear that the system in the UK is failing separated asylum seeking children. There is evidence of discrimination against children, indifference towards the hardships they encounter and violation of international human rights treaty obligations. Some two thousand asylum seeking children are also detained each year across the UK for the administrative purposes of immigration control.
These are some of the issues we are tackling with our first Childrens Rights Officer at CRMC and we are very fortunate to be supported by the Tudor Trust.
To work with minors between the ages of 13-23 yrs old, and vulnerable children in families with no recourse to public funds, to:
- Help children to settle in Coventry and integrate into the local community
- Empower children by giving them advice about their rights and advocating on their behalf
- Provide holistic assessment and support
- Raise public awareness of their plight
- Enable unaccompanied minors to gain confidence and develop their skills/abilities so they can successfully move from social care to independence
- To engage and support children where there is a children’s rights issue
Since the project began we have helped over 230 clients from over 24 different countries. with the average support package lasting 3 to 6 months.
Potential clients can be referred to the project from an organisation or the individual themselves. The referrer will be kept informed of progress with service users, and can request a copy of the needs assessment, with the consent of the client. Further information can be obtained by calling 02476 227254. or e-mailing on firstname.lastname@example.org.