RCPCH responds to the Government’s backtrack on the Syrian child refugees pledge

The Government has announced that it will stop receiving children via the so-called Dub amendment at the end of March, a scheme which campaigners initially hoped would help as many as 3,000 child refugees.

In response, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said:

“We are dismayed that the UK will stop receiving refugee children through the Dubs amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 requiring the home secretary to allow unaccompanied refugee children into the UK.

"By shutting them out, this country is failing vulnerable children, acting shamefully, and sending a clear message to its citizens, and rest of the world, that it does not care for the most helpless in society.

"Only 350 lone children have been accepted into the country, a far cry from what is needed. These children require care and compassion; we ask Government to explain this cruel and unnecessary decision, and reverse this immediately."

For further information please see RCPCH's position statement on protection of children in conflict and child refugees.

In April we will be hosting an event, 'Hot Topics in Child Health: The Child Refugee' - see further details.