What is the Children's Sanctuary?The Children’s Sanctuary is not a charity but a humanitarian endeavour of the Re-Give
Foundation (a division of the UK based non-profit organisation, Re-Give Global, which
also operates this, open, free-to-use global Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing, Crowd Commerce and Payments platform) to enable all of us - the
global crowd of people and organisations - to do what we can, to do what is
possible, to help and care for orphaned refugees.
The Children’s Sanctuary is building a private, non-profit, non-commercial, non-governmental residential
centre in England - away from residential areas and on a suitable rural, brownfield location - devoted to the care of young orphans who are refugees; children whose biological parents are deceased or otherwise unable or
unwilling to care for them and who, for reasons of safety and well-being, are no longer in their country of birth – and which are allowed into the UK by the
The Children’s Sanctuary will be a place of safety and
security, with planned accommodation and support facilities to care for up to 1,000 orphaned refugee children, primarily
under the age of 16 (but up to the age of 18), with full education and primary medical care provided
within the centre.
IS THERE A REAL NEED FOR
Yes, because although the British Government and a lot
of charities working in this space do great work, they are pieces of a complex
jigsaw and they can’t do everything. There are major missing pieces
(particularly in early care) in terms of the help provided to refugee orphans –
which we are trying to cover (and which we will do so under the supervision
Ofsted, UNHCR and other charities and organisations).
ISN'T FOSTERING THE BEST SOLUTION FOR THESE CHILDREN?
Yes, absolutely - but it takes a lot of time and effort
to find suitable foster families for them. It is the gap between urgent need
for care and finding a suitable foster family that the Children’s Sanctuary will
fill. The Children’s Sanctuary will not, however, be providing institutional care – as
it will not be an institution in the sense that this term is usually referred
to. The objective is simply to act as the first stage of a multi stage process
where the ultimate aim is to provide immediate care to refugee orphans and then
to send them back to confirmed family members, if that’s not viable – then to
arrange foster care for them (anywhere in the world, not just in Britain) and
if that’s not possible, then to ensure that they go onto further education and
WHY AND WHERE IN ENGLAND?
The Children’s Sanctuary will be in England simply because by
being here, it can provide a much better, a more consistent, a more
professional and a much higher quality service of care to the children and the
highest level of transparency and accountability can be provided to the donors
and regulators as well, in that you, any member of the public and relevant government
and other regulators and stakeholders can carry out full and proper
inspections, oversight and audits at any time. In short, the task of caring for
these children can be done much better and in a more open, transparent, accountable and cost-effective manner here in England, than elsewhere.
The Children’s Sanctuary will be built on a suitable rural, brownfield location - away from residential areas – rather like a
large, private boarding school, but where the onus is on care, with education
coming secondary to that. The actual site will be selected in consultation with the relevant local authority and with the people residing near to the site.
WILL THIS NOT BE A DRAIN ON LOCAL AND
NATIONAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES?
The Children’s Sanctuary is a private endeavour –
voluntarily funded by the public and socially aware organisations. It is not
funded by local or national Government – thus, it would not be taking any
valuable resources away from current or future Government schemes and services
, or have an adverse effect
on the care of the elderly, homeless, etc or that of children and youth under the care of UK social
WILL THIS ENABLE ORPHANS TO REMAIN PERMANENTLY IN BRITAIN, OR ALLOW FAMILY MEMBERS OF ORPHANS TO COME TO BRITAIN, THUS INCREASING NET MIGRATION?
No, as the British Government would not be under any obligations to give permanent residency to any of the orphans under care (who will be allowed into the country on a temporary, humanitarian basis) or to any of their family members, or to provide any financial or material assistance to them under the UK benefits system. Thus, this would not contribute towards the permanent increase of net migration into the UK or put additional pressure on UK social housing and welfare services.
The Children's Sanctuary's objective is not to settle children under its care in Britain, but (as stated above) to act as the first stage of a
multi stage process where the ultimate aim is to provide immediate care to
refugee orphans and then to send them back to confirmed family members, if
that’s not viable – then to arrange foster care for them (anywhere in the
world, not just in Britain) and if that’s not possible, then to ensure that
they go onto further education and employment. All of this will be carried out subject to the immigration regulations of the Country in which a child (or adult, if they reach the age of 18) will eventually be resettled.
REFUGEE ORPHANS FROM WHICH COUNTRY?
The Children’s Sanctuary is for
any and all orphan refugees from anywhere in the world – not just ones from a particular
HOW WILL RADICALISATION BE PREVENTED?
The Children’s Sanctuary will ensure that no form of activity or education is carried out within its purview that leads to any form of radicalisation of any of the children under its care. To this end, all staff members will be fully vetted and will be professionally qualified for specific roles, with personal enhanced due diligence & Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)/Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS Barred Lists)
checks carried out bi-annually.
The British Government’s Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills
(Ofsted), which inspects and regulates services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages, will provide regular oversight of all education and care services provided and the Children’s Sanctuary will fully implement the British Governments Prevent Duty
WHY 1,000 CHILDREN?
The scale of the problem is vast and all of our combined efforts to tackle it needs to be meaningful. Looking after 1 child is immeasurably better than looking after none. Building a home to look after 50 children is better than looking after 49. If the Children’s Sanctuary builds a home from scratch, it can build it to look after as many children as practicable. Given sufficient funding and support from you, the public - it is not unrealistic to build a dedicated home for at least 1,000 children. The level of effort involved in doing this would be much greater of course, but the required underlying care system, processes, services and infrastructure would be the same if the Children’s Sanctuary were to look after just 50 children, but just greatly expanded when looking after 1,000. It is just a matter of funds and logistics (e.g. rather than hiring 1 professional care person, we will hire 10, etc).
Why not more than 1,000 children? Once the first home is built, the Children’s Sanctuary would be able to consider building other homes (either in the same location if possible, or in other locations). Thus, the Children’s Sanctuary is not limited to just looking after 1,000 children, as the potential to expand is there, subject to funding from you, the public. The Children’s Sanctuary's ultimate objective is look after many thousands of children in locations within Britain and also in other suitable countries as well.
WHAT IF SUFFICIENT FUNDS AREN'T RAISED?
Due to the urgency of the issues at hand, the Children’s Sanctuary is taking an incremental and modular approach to this endeavour, in that it will not wait until it raises enough money to build a residential centre for 1,000 children. Rather, it will move forward in providing immediate care services to these children in incremental, cumulative steps, as allowed by the amount of funds raised up to a certain point. This means that the use of temporary third-party premises and services will be availed (as allowed by capital and resource capacity available to it at any given moment) while separately, sufficient funds are raised to build the proposed centre.
PROGRESS THUS FAR
The Children’s Sanctuary is not built yet and needs to raise as much money as possible, as quickly as possible to build the proposed residential centre and support facilities and to pay for its operational costs – and also to start providing immediate care services to these children whilst sufficient funds are being raised to build this centre. Therefore, this is an open Ask (request for funding from the public), with no capped limits or deadlines.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
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Please also do not hesitate to email the Children's Sanctuary if you have any specific questions or queries which have not already been addressed here or on other sections of this page. The email of the Children’s Sanctuary team is: firstname.lastname@example.org