Landing in Kent: the experience of unaccompanied children arriving in UK

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Matthews, Adrian
Office of the Children's Commissioner
Date of publication
1 February 2011
Children and Young People, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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The Children’s Commissioner and her team made an announced visit to Millbank Reception and Assessment Centre in Kent on 6 August 2010. This is a report of their visit. Millbank is a residential reception and assessment centre commissioned and funded by Kent County Council. It provides services for up to 30 newly arrived unaccompanied asylum-seeking young males aged between 16 and 18. Millbank aims to offer all its young residents security, stability and support in a warm and caring environment. It provides the opportunity and facilities to enable them to recover from their journeys and the experiences they have undergone prior to arrival in the UK. Its reception and assessment function means there is also an emphasis on preparing the young people to move on into more independent living after an appropriate period of time. Provision at Millbank complies with the states’ duties established under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and provides a model of good practice for other ‘gateway authorities’ to learn from.

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