Video: Journey to Kent

Recent world events have led to a huge increase in the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children coming through the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

The number of these children in our care has increased from 220 in March last year to 368 in March this year and to 731 by September 7 2015.

We visited one of Kent County Council’s reception centres where 16 and 17 year old boys are taken to start to rebuild their lives.

KCC Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services Peter Oakford said: “What we have here are children from all around Europe and Asia and different African nations.

“They all get on famously well. They’ve got a smile on their face. But when you find out about their stories, their journey here, you wonder how they have such a bright outlook on life.

“One thing is clear, they’ve left war-torn zones, they’ve left behind horrific experiences and they’re here to start a new life.”

This film was made by the press team at Kent County Council.

Video: Journey to Kent was last modified: September 23rd, 2015 by Lucy Mayor