Several reports have covered the circumstances of children when they first arrive in the country. The Office of the Children's Commissioner has investigated this topic by publishing Landing in Kent: the Experience of Unaccompanied Children Arriving in the UK in February of this year, and Claiming Asylum at a Screening Unit as an Unaccompanied Child in 2008. Also useful is Families New to the UK: Confident Families in Cohesive Communities, a report released by the 4Children charity earlier this year.
The body which is responsible for monitoring migration is the UK Border Agency. In 2009 they published a Code of Practice for Keeping Children Safe from Harm, which outlines the procedures which are in place to protect children's interests.
A number of charities have carried out studies which examine services available to refugee families and the difficulties that they can face in adapting to a new country. Some of these include:
- Levelling the Playing Field (UNICEF, March 2010)
- Breaking the Wall of Silence: Practitioners’ responses to trafficked children and young people (NSPCC, June 2009)
- Does Every Child Matter? Children Seeking Asylum in Britain (Refugee & Migrant Justice, March 2009)
- Living on the Edge of Despair: Destitution Amongst Asylum Seeking and Refugee Children (Children's Society, February 2008)
Finally, for a more local flavour, in February 2009 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published Empowering Birmingham's Migrant and Refugee Community Organisations, with a view to influencing future policy in this area.