KCC warns that the unaccompanied child migrant crisis threatens to overwhelm Kent’s Children’s Services again.

As Kent’s services for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) reach breaking point for the second time in under a year, the council has warned that it may no longer be able to accept new UASC arrivals within days. KCC continues to urge a strong and mandatory National Transfer Scheme and has served a formal Letter Before…

Council leader thanks ‘brilliant volunteers’ for being there ‘when Kent needed you most’

From delivering shopping to clinically vulnerable residents required to shield, to having a socially-distanced doorstep catch-up with someone feeling isolated and anxious in lockdown, volunteers have been unsung heroes of Kent’s response to the pandemic over the past year. Now Kent County Council is taking time in national Volunteers’ Week to say a heartfelt ‘thank…

Families reminded to register all eligible children and young people for Free School Meals ahead of the May half-term holidays

Parents and carers whose children may be eligible to receive Free School Meals due to the family’s financial circumstances are being urged to apply for them ahead of the upcoming May school holidays, even if their child is in Years R, 1 or 2. The Government announced this month that it was extending its grant…