In response to Home Secretary, Amber Rudd's Conservative Party Conference Speech, Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director, said:

"We welcome the Home Secretary's renewed commitment to help the children trapped in Calais with a right to be in the UK. 

"A child is a child and given the awful experiences of unaccompanied refugee children on our border this is the right priority. We look forward to seeing the necessary action to get these children to safety.

"The Home Secretary is also right to celebrate the modern slavery act and we share with the her the ambition to end this barbaric practice."


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