Government unveils reforms to share responsibility for asylum-seeking children but rejects mandatory scheme

Community Care has reported that the Home Office has announced changes to distribute responsibility for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children more widely but has rejected making the existing national transfer system (NTS) mandatory, despite the threat of legal challenge.

It will introduce a voluntary rota system next month, which it hopes will encourage more local authorities to take in unaccompanied children, relieving pressure on port authorities that have seen Kent council cease taking in children as of this week, the second time in a year it has done so in a year.

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