The programme announced by the Government to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid. But the organisation emphasises that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition.
With international attention focused on the implementation of the recently agreed EU-Turkey deal, the plight of more than 46,000 refugees and migrants stuck in squalid conditions across mainland Greece is in danger of being forgotten, Amnesty International warns in a new report.
CrossReach says it shares concerns raised by the World Health Organisation over the worrying rise in the number of children across the UK being prescribed antidepressants. The WHO's latest report found prescriptions had increased by 54 per cent between 2005 and 2012.
Unless the needs and rights of the more than eight million Syrian children are addressed, an entire generation will be lost, along with decades of development progress,UNICEF warns in a new report ) that calls on the international community to protect the youngest civilians amidst “a children's crisis.”
The United Nations has reported that Afghan hostilities in 2015 left more than 3,500 civilians dead, including an unprecedented number of children – one in four casualties over the past year was a child – and nearly 7,500 others wounded, making this the highest number of civilian casualties recorded.
Child protection systems across Europe are overwhelmed as the rate of youngsters in the flood of refugees and migrants has soared to one in three compared with one in 10 less than a year ago, the UN warned yesterday, calling for strengthened steps to prevent exploitation and abuse.
Following the WCC/UNl conference on the refugee crisis in Europe at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva on 18-19 January, a statement has been issued entitled "Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis, From Origin to Transit, Reception and Refuge, A Call for Shared Responsibility and Coordinated Action”.
A High-Level Conference of governments, United Nations agencies and civil society organisations in Geneva, including churches and faith-based organisations, has underlined the need for urgent action to strengthen coordination and cooperation in Europe's response to the refugee and migrant crisis.
The Howard League for Penal Reform responded yesterday (12 January) to an investigation by the BBC television programme Panorama into allegations of child abuse at Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent.