Kent County Council commits £10m to Reconnect programme to provide opportunities for children and young people following COVID-19 pandemic

Kent County Council has today committed £10m to its Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme, an initiative that aims to recognise the selfless contribution the younger generation has made to help keep the county’s residents as safe as possible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help them reconnect with aspects of their lives that…

Kent Leader is saddened to announce, “for the second time in a year, we have reached the limit of safe capacity for the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and will take any action, including through the courts, to secure a fair and safe solution.”

Kent County Council (KCC) Leader, Roger Gough and Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services have announced that, despite ongoing efforts to work with the Home Office regarding the voluntary National Transfer Scheme (NTS) , KCC has again reached an unsafe capacity and will no longer be able to accept any further new UASC…

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…

Families reminded to register all eligible children and young people for Free School Meals ahead of the Easter 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 April school holidays, even if their child is in Years R, 1 or 2. The Government announced this month that it was extending the Covid…

Ambitious KCC-led community programme will help children and young people reconnect with their pre-Covid-19 lives

Kent County Council is preparing to lead an ambitious community-based programme of activities, to help children and young people reconnect with their pre-Covid-19 lives. The Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People Programme will be available to every child and young person in Kent, from early years through to the end of secondary school and onto…

Kent secures funding to support asylum-seeking care leavers

Kent County Council (KCC) has secured £407,000 of Government funding for a new initiative to support asylum-seeking care leavers in Canterbury and Medway. The project has seen the creation of a multidisciplinary team to help young people live independently, integrate into their local communities, support their physical and mental wellbeing and reduce antisocial behaviour. The…