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BASW response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights consultation on the human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK

The history of modern social work intervention with children started with the Curtis Report in 1948 when a child evacuee died in the care of a family with whom he was placed. The displacement of children away from their families is therefore at the heart of much of the work we do with children who are separated from their families. The fact that the children referred to in this consultation have often taken more extensive and traumatic journeys to the UK adds significantly to the trauma they experience.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child should be the measure against which the evaluation of services for all children in the UK should be made, including unaccompanied migrant children. They should all be regarded as children who are at risk from harm and recognised as children who may have been abused sexually, emotionally and physically and therefore with special needs to help their road to recovery.