Baca works with children seeking refuge in the UK without families.
The scale of the challenges faced by these young people is huge. Without support they are at extreme risk of harm and exploitation.
As children tell us every day, they need support to thrive not just survive. Structural barriers remain at the heart of stopping children from enjoying their rights... Too many are languishing in unsuitable accommodation, without adequate mental health support, awaiting decisions in immigration limbo and in some cases facing significant harm.
Particia Durr, ECPAT UK
Many of the young people who arrive in the UK alone have endured unimaginable horrors. They have seen their homes destroyed, loved ones killed, been tortured and most have been victims of trafficking. They have taken long, dangerous and terrifying journeys to reach safety.
of displaced people in the world are children
The UK houses a small percentage of the world’s refugees: the UK is home to approx. 1% of the 27.1 million refugees who were forcibly displaced across the world
In 2020, almost 1 in 3 (31%) trafficked children were reported missing from care (378 of 1,231)
At Baca, we serve young refugees who have lost the only life they know and who have overcome the odds to reach safety. Each one carries a unique story, united by courage which is inspiring. But without our support they are at extreme risk of harm and exploitation, unsure who they can trust or where they belong.
Baca exists because whatever their circumstances, we believe every young person should have a safe place to heal and the freedom to build a better future.
An increasing need
At the end of 2022, the number of forcibly displaced people worldwide was estimated at 108.4 million. As persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, events seriously disturbing public order and disasters caused by climate change escalate around the world, the numbers of displaced people will continue to increase.