Children who are placed in temporary accommodation or arrive without families are missing out on a school place, refugee organisations say.
Thousands of children seeking asylum in the UK are being denied access to education, according to organisations who work with refugees.
The children include newly arrived asylum seekers who are placed in Home Office initial accommodation with their families, unaccompanied minors who arrive here without their families, and children with their families who are dispersed to various parts of the UK by the Home Office.
No accurate statistics are collated relating to these groups of children, some of whom are unable to access a school place for up to a year, but the estimate is based on information from different organisations around the UK who try to help children get into school.
A Refugee Council spokeswoman said: “The inability for all asylum-seeker children to access a school place promptly is concerning. We have worked with children who have had to wait up to a year to get a school place.”
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