Afghan child refugees left without support in Home Office hotels

Child refugees from Afghanistan are being held by the Dwelling Pickle of job in inns for weeks on discontinue without shoes, spare clothes, money or get entry to to healthcare, embarrassing the home secretary, who promised to wait on folks fleeing the Taliban.

One unaccompanied Afghan minor who arrived in the UK a month up to now mentioned they had also been given no lawful recommendation or interpreter, their asylum inform had yet to be processed and they had no belief the establish they had been and even the establish to search out the closest mosque.

Final week Priti Patel, asserting plans to relocate hundreds of Afghan refugees to the UK, promised “the entire lot possible to give make stronger” to make determined besides they can “mix and thrive”. Yet the most fresh capacity by the Dwelling Pickle of job has been described as a “entire breakdown” of child safety measures that has breached its statutory responsibilities.

Despite repeated gives from a different of specialist charities, together with Barnardo’s, to enter the inns and assess the childhood, the Dwelling Pickle of job has to this level became them down.

A Muslim community community that equipped to give child refugees in a hotel discontinuance to Brighton with halal food modified into became away no subject complaints from some young folks they had been absolute most reasonable being equipped “boiled vegetables”.

It has also been claimed that childhood are being build into taxis and pushed all around the nation without a escort or child safety system in field. In one event, a child is mentioned to had been pushed by taxi extra than 250 miles from the south wing to Yorkshire without an escort, raising additional doubts over the Dwelling Pickle of job’s capability to safeguard the anticipated influx of unaccompanied asylum seekers.

Of extra instantaneous distress is the division’s capacity to the protection of ratings of childhood being saved in inns, with the one discontinuance to Brighton mentioned to handle 70 minors.

On Wednesday a 5-300 and sixty five days-venerable Afghan refugee fell to his demise from a ninth-flooring Sheffield hotel window, days after arriving in the UK. On Saturday it emerged that asylum seekers had been beforehand eradicated from the hotel because it modified into unfit for them to end in.

MPs are now annoying an investigation into the protection of lodging equipped to Afghan refugees.

Analysts predict an influx of unaccompanied Afghan childhood into the UK as households send their childhood to safety. Final week film emerged of a child being handed over Kabul’s airport wall to a US soldier amid scenes of chaos.

The criticism of the Dwelling Pickle of job comes after it took responsibility for all childhood arriving in Dover two months up to now following Kent county council’s ruling that its social companies and products also can now now not web any extra cases.

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Elaine Ortiz, founder of the Hummingbird Mission in Brighton, mentioned: “The Dwelling Pickle of job is supposed to be their corporate mum or dad nonetheless they impact now now not look like taking responsibility – there’s no child safety, no health screening, no processing of asylum claims. It is exquisite.”

Ortiz spoke to 1 Afghan teen on Thursday who revealed to her his skills of life in the Dwelling Pickle of job-speed inns. “He had no shoes since arriving in the UK, absolute most reasonable had one pair of trousers, no coat when it rained, no money, no get entry to to an interpreter or lawful recommendation and the food modified into now now not culturally appropriate,” she mentioned.

Philip Ishola, chief executive of the anti-child trafficking charity Love146, mentioned the Dwelling Pickle of job’s capacity regarded as if it will per chance well contravene child safety measures, together with its responsibilities beneath the Young folks Act, besides to trafficking conventions. He added: “There looks to had been a entire breakdown in the safeguarding statutory route of for childhood who’re arriving totally destitute without a make stronger framework for them.

Home secretary Priti Patel
Dwelling secretary Priti Patel has mentioned she needs refugees to ‘mix and thrive’, nonetheless critics remark her division is neglecting its responsibilities. Sing: Dominic Lipinski/PA

“It’s cheap to inform that even handed one of our nationwide departments [the Home Office] is picking to neglect childhood, which is effectively child abuse. In every other mission, child safety companies and products and police would be gripping and there’d be an intervention.

“It’s incomprehensible that the Dwelling Pickle of job thinks that childhood’s legislation would now not be conscious to them.”

Andy Elvin, chief executive of Tact (the Adolescent and Young folks’s Belief), the UK’s largest fostering charity, mentioned: “The Dwelling Pickle of job have acted egregiously and without a regard to the righteous interests of the childhood in placing inclined childhood in a hotel.

“And from there, they’re unbiased sticking them in taxis and driving them to whoever will handle them. It’s unsafe.”

The data comes as the UN raises fresh concerns over the UK’s response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, with officials labelling its capacity as “totally contradictory”.

The United Countries excessive commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) urged Patel to abandon proposed changes to the UK’s asylum system if she modified into severe about helping Afghans waft the Taliban takeover.

The UN plans to officially elevate its concerns over the viability of Patel’s nationality and borders invoice in the sunshine of the anticipated refugee exodus from Afghanistan. Patel intends to get it a felony offence to approach in the UK without entry clearance.

Laura Padoan, UNHCR spokesperson, mentioned the Dwelling Pickle of job’s capacity did now not recognise that good numbers of Afghans would be forced to waft their nation and attempt to enter the UK, the establish many of them have household, thru whatever arrangement possible.

“It’s totally contradictory for the UK to recognise that Afghans are in hazard and looking out safety nonetheless when they approach on our shores to shriek them the good to asylum and to treat them as criminals,” she mentioned.

Ishola, who estimates many of of childhood are in the inns, mentioned: “We’ve got traumatised Afghan childhood in these inns who’re seeing what’s occurring at home and might most possible be fully shy.”

Elvin added: “The genuine distress is that, in the end, even handed the form of young folks goes to commit suicide or that we’re going to have some severe self- damage incident.”

A fresh legislation taking enact next month will get it unlawful for the Dwelling Pickle of job to position inclined childhood beneath 16 in “unregulated lodging”, which incorporates inns.

A Dwelling Pickle of job spokesperson mentioned: “We handle the safeguarding of unaccompanied asylum seeking childhood extraordinarily severely and have measures in field to make determined their instantaneous safeguarding and welfare needs are met while we receive them extra appropriate long speed care placements.”

They added it modified into working closely with organisations together with Barnardo’s and native charities allowed entry to make determined child refugees have make stronger.

“Clothing, footwear and other deepest items are all equipped and all childhood are registered with a GP and have the same get entry to to healthcare as the leisure of the UK populations.”

Supply: Afghan child refugees left without make stronger in Dwelling Pickle of job inns

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