One of RST’s volunteers, Sarah, reports from a meeting with Senior Campaign Advisor Kate Dentieth discussing ways of promoting Unicef’s new Children’s Champions network to campaign for refugee children.
Unicef Children’s Champions network
The aim is to lobby the government to allow unaccompanied children in Calais to rejoin relatives in the UK. There are currently about 600 juveniles in Calais, but to date only 20 have been allowed to enter the UK. Every night they try to smuggle themselves aboard trains and lorries, and risk harm in other ways.
Unicef is very concerned about this situation, which contravenes the EU regulation which states that children in Europe in this situation can have their asylum cases transferred to the UK.
Take action and raise awareness
- Become a member of the Unicef Children’s Champion network
- Contact your MP/MSP and urge them to call on the new Home Secretary.
- Make letters stand out by adding multiple signatures of family and friends and a photo of your own family.
- Sign petitions and open letters
- Contact the local press raising your concerns
- Hold picnics and fun events for children to promote this cause
A whole series of Climate Change summits is due, at which UNICEF will be present to promote its new Children’s Champions campaign. We are asked to urge the UK government to support UNICEF aims to help refugee children.
The UNGA High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants is an opportunity for the U|K government to demonstrate its support for refugees.