A new report, launched in the House of Lords today by Baroness Butler-Sloss and Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart, confirmed that the failure of the British and French governments to protect child refugees, and offer safe passage is “unquestionably” fuelling exploitative smuggling and trafficking by organised crime groups.

Thank you to the Inquiry chairs and to the Human Trafficking Foundation who invited Help Refugees to give evidence for this report.

Launching the report, Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggard said “The UK government are colluding to the torture of children in France if they keep using British taxpayer money to pay French Police to brutalise unaccompanied children under the guise of border security agreements⁠⁠⁠⁠”

The UK Children’s Commissioner Ann Longfield also stated that the Home Office actions of abandoning children in Calais is against their most basic needs and best interests: “Clearly being left in the middle of Calais is failing on virtually every front there is”.

We cannot stand by and let this happen. Children are effectively hunted in Calais and the UK government is doing nothing to protect them.

Right now there are 200 children on their own in Calais sleeping rough and facing police violence. There are thousands more in Greece and Italy and no effort is being made to identify them and take them to safety.

The only way we can keep these children fed, hydrated, and warm enough in the night to sleep is through your support. Please help us help them by donating here:

You can read the full report here.