Ever since the decision to leave the EU in 2016, I’ve been concerned about the impact on EU national children who live in the UK. That includes some of the most vulnerable children, who may have suffered the most appalling abuse or neglect, and are in the care of local authorities for their wellbeing and safety. It’s estimated around 700 EU national ‘looked after’ children live in the North West.

Many of these children will have spent almost all of their childhood in the UK, and after Brexit, the local authority needs to make sure they have the right to stay here by ensuring they apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Yesterday in parliament, I participated in an important debate about these children – you can read the full transcript here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/…/EUSettlementSchemeLooked-Af…

In all the excitement and debates about Brexit and our future relationship with the EU, I’m determined children’s best interests won’t be overlooked.

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