North Ayrshire Council will extend its commitment to vulnerable unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Elected members are expected to approve proposals that will reaffirm their unwavering support to those caught up in humanitarian issues across the world at a meeting of Cabinet.

Since 2015, North Ayrshire has welcomed 238 individuals – made up of 42 Syrian families and eight Afghan Families – and on Tuesday will pledge to provide homes for those UASCs crossing the Channel seeking asylum in the UK.

North Ayrshire could provide help for up to six children this year. The first is due to arrive in the area this month.

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “These children have been through things we can’t imagine. They are then arriving here alone and terrified.

“We are committed to welcoming these vulnerable young people and giving them the support, care and help that they deserve.

“We have supported many families from Syria and Afghanistan over a number of years and it’s great to see how well they are doing.

“The young people are flourishing in our schools and starting to think about future career choices and the adults are so keen to contribute to their community.”