Meet our new chair of the board

We’re thrilled to introduce Fathiaa Abdalla. Fathiaa has three decades of experience having held senior leadership positions in UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children, OXFAM and MSF, in HQ, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She served as Representative of the United Nations...

Either we all have human rights, or none of us do

Last week – along with 250+ charities and organisations – I signed a joint statement on behalf of The Separated Child Foundation, rejecting the shameful Rwanda Bill. We firmly believe that, regardless of background and individual circumstances, no one...

Judgement from the High Court regarding children in hotels

We were saddened and distured by the passing of the so-called Illegal Migration Bill earlier this month. This new law will have devastating implications for desperate refugees who have no choice but to flee their homelands and seek safety elsewhere. It is predicted...

We must stop plans to lock up refugee children

This week I joined the leaders of 151 other organisations to call on the government to scrap plans to lock up refugee children as part of the Illegal Migration Bill. You can read our open letter to the Prime Minister here. Our letter highlights the government’s plans...

Joint statement in response to the Illegal Migration Bill

On behalf of The Separated Child Foundation, I have this week signed a joint sector statement of concern that new Home Office legislation will formalise a two-tier system discriminating against unaccompanied asylum seeking children and undermining the Children Act...

Separated children missing from hotels

Together with over 100 other charities from the refugee and children’s sectors, we have written to the Prime Minister to express our deep concerns about separated children seeking asylum going missing from Home Office hotels. The children are suspected of being...

Hope is what most refugees cling to

Rabia Nasimi has a Master’s degree from the LSE, and she took her MPhil at Cambridge. She has been shortlisted for a string of awards for her work with the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association and in 2020 she joined the Civil Service as a Fast Stream Social...

The lasting trauma of separation

“Here we go again,” says artist Ruth Schwiening as she watches in dismay at the refugees fleeing from the Ukraine and especially the children who will be temporarily or permanently separated from their parents. Schwiening was a Kindertransport child, a Jewish refugee...