A roundtable meeting held today (Wednesday), between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance, and COSLA, local authorities and key stakeholders, focussed on a commitment to bringing forward a national framework agreement on unaccompanied children, as well as exploring further funding and capacity support.

Cllr Stephanie Primrose, COSLA Spokesperson for Education, Children and Young People said:

“This is a human tragedy and that is how Scottish Local Government is approaching it – from a humanitarian perspective – first and foremost. 

“We have a track record of providing protection to unaccompanied asylum seeking children. COSLA has worked tirelessly over the past year with all 32 Scottish local authorities to explore ways in which they could play a role in supporting the greater number of unaccompanied children who are becoming refugees.

“Glasgow City Council, attending with us today, have looked after hundreds of these young people in the past ten years. There is a huge will within Scottish local government to help, and this was evidenced in the exceptional number of placements that were offered up to unaccompanied young people arriving from Calais under the Dubs agreement.

“Despite much progress being made, there are still fairly significant barriers to taking this work forward. We therefore welcome the First Minister’s commitment to explore further funding and capacity support and look forward to working in partnership on this.”

The meeting was attended by representatives from:

COSLA, Glasgow City Council, City of Edinburgh Council, Aberlour, Scottish Refugee Council, Social Work Scotland, Care Inspectorate, Police Scotland, UNICEF UK, Church of Scotland, Save the Children and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.

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Wed, 01/03/2017 - 16:19