Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Kent

Under the Children Act 1989, it is KCC’s legal responsibility to care for under-18s who arrive in the county from abroad, seeking asylum. Recent world events have led to a huge increase in the number coming through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel. The number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in our care has increased from…

New site identified for asylum-seeking children

A former reception centre for unaccompanied asylum seeking children is being brought back into use to help tackle the current pressures on Kent County Council’s Children’s Services. The site is part of the KCC-owned Swattenden Centre, an outdoor education and residential facility near Cranbrook. Preparations are now in hand to get the Appledore building ready…