Racism hampers youth work with separated children

A report published yesterday found 1,213 unaccompanied children have sought asylum here between 1998 and 2002. The minors, mainly aged 16-18, arrive in Ireland on their own without parents or guardians. The report, by the National Youth Council of Ireland, called for more programmes for these vulnerable people, but it pointed out that there were a number of obstacles, including: a lack of skills in the youth sector; a lack of financial resources; a lack of leadership from large youth organisations; existence of racist attitudes. On this last point, the report said: