House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union, Home Affairs Sub-Committee, Unaccompanied minors in the EU: Evidence submitted by The British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

1. The evidence is being submitted by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) on behalf of a membership of nearly 20,000 social workers across the UK, with over 16,000 based in England. Our members work in frontline, management, research and academic positions in all social work settings across the UK. BASW members share a collective commitment to those values and principles that will secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people, adults, families and communities.

2. The treatment of unaccompanied minors is a vast subject with many interrelated aspects. As the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has noted, these children represent an enormous challenge in terms of providing housing, supervision, education and support measures for minors. (http://www.oecd.org/migration/Is-this-refugee-crisis-different.pdf)

3. BASW put out its own call for evidence to our members in England and have received some excellent responses that we will make reference to in this submission. BASW England welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this important inquiry by providing written evidence to the House of Lords European Union Home Affairs Sub-Committee.

Published : 25th April 2016*

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