‘“They said they had a room. But not for me, just for my children. I was crying. The children were crying. They were scared. It felt likely life was being taken away from me.”
Sarah* and her three children became homeless in May last year. The small London flat the family had been living in flooded, and the fire brigade told her it was no longer safe for them to live there.
As an undocumented Nigerian woman with no recourse to public funds, Sarah knew accessing emergency accommodation wouldn’t be simple. But with an application pending with the Home Office for the family’s leave to remain on human rights grounds, she didn’t foresee the threat of having her children, aged seven, 10 and 14 – all born in the UK and attending school – being taken into care.’