Separated child Gulwali Passarlay, who fled Afghanistan aged 12, was chosen to carry Olympic Torch in Bolton, now aged 17.


The Separated Child Foundation has adopted the following vision to drive its work forward:

The rights of all separated children entering or travelling through the United Kingdom should be acknowledged; they should be protected and their well-being and development should be promoted.

Everyone who lives in the United Kingdom should know what 'separated child' means and should understand separated children's needs; they should listen to their stories and help them to develop their full potential.

These are our guiding principles. We believe that every separated children and young person in the United Kingdom should:

  • be seen as a person first—rather than a migrant
  • have all their needs—physical, social, emotional and developmental—met
  • have those needs met in relation to each other and not in isolation
  • be listened to with respect and be involved in the provision of services to address their needs
  • have their experiences acknowledged and validated
  • be seen as a unique individual
  • have responsible and caring people to whom they may turn
  • receive accurate information, and appropriate advice, guidance and support throughout their time here
  • have opportunities to achieve their full potential
  • above all else, feel safe, secure and loved.