The Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium, a coalition of over 60 organisations (including ECPAT UK), is appalled by the continued use of hotels by the Home Office to accommodate unaccompanied children arriving in the UK. This briefing explains why.

Children who are separated or unaccompanied and are claiming asylum have faced and witnessed atrocities, fled conflict, persecution, human rights abuses and have endured perilous journeys. They need - and are entitled to - care in supportive settings, with skilled professionals to help them recover in safety. Yet in recent years, they have been placed in Home Office-run hotels widely recognised as unsuitable accommodation, even on an emergency basis.

The government has significantly erode the rights of children seeking asylum by excluding them from the child protection and welfare frameworks that should apply to all children in this country, regardless of nationality, ethnicity or immigration status.