Social workers supporting suspected child migrants found in lorry

Specialist social workers are supporting four people claiming to be under 18, after suspected migrants were found in a lorry stopped on the M6 in Staffordshire.

In total 27 people were detained after being found in the vehicle between junctions 15 and 16 northbound of the motorway just before 6pm last night (9 January).

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “Staffordshire County Council has a dedicated team of specialists who are supporting these young people today.

“We have a duty to look after these young people and our priority is to ensure they are safe and well and treated appropriately for their age while they are assessed.

“In the last five years almost 200 unaccompanied asylum seeking children have been found along the M6 corridor in Staffordshire. They are usually very hungry, tired and unkempt after being in a lorry for a long time, and frightened and anxious.

“More needs to be done to help stop children making these perilous journeys and risking their lives, but in the meantime we have a duty to protect and support all children in our care.”



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