Thank you for contacting me about the so-called "Dubs II" amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill.
I would like to express my gratitude to Lord Dubs for raising this important issue. I know that Ministers have been in conversations with him and others to determine the best way to ensure that these children continue to be appropriately safeguarded.
I know that the Government's priority is to ensure that vulnerable children who are eligible to come here are safeguarded and have their welfare promoted as soon as they arrive in our country. The Government has provided advice and guidance to local authorities, through the Association of Directors of Children's Services, to make sure that this happens.
During the House of Lords debates on the so-called 'Dubs II' amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill, Lord Dubs said that commitments to the safeguarding of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children are best outlined in the comprehensive strategy due to be published next year, and consequently the amendment was not included in the Bill.
To this end, the Government will publish the strategy that outlines further detail on the safeguarding and welfare of vulnerable children by 1 May 2017. This will build on existing strategy while also recognising the increased numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and refugee children in the UK.
I will continue to monitor the progress of the Children and Social Work Bill as it passes through the House of Commons, in addition to the ongoing situation in Europe.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.