‘Grave concerns’ over welfare of asylum-seeker children

A State watchdog has expressed “grave concern” over the volume of welfare or abuse concerns over asylum-seeking children living in State-funded direct provision centres.

Child protection concerns included concerns over physical abuse; older children left to care for younger children; and inappropriate contact by adults towards some children.

About 1,600 children are living in direct provision accommodation centres, many of whom have spent years living in these settings.


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