The leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council has visited young Syrian refugees during a visit to a camp in France.
Cllr Stephen Cowan spent time talking to youths from the war-torn country and looking around their camp in Calais as the council prepares to welcome at least 10 young refugees.
He also said other foster carers were also being lined up to urgently help more of the vulnerable refugees stuck in the notorious camps.
He said: “I don’t think people can walk by on the other side of the street”.
The council is currently preparing to take at least 10 children as soon as it gets government approval, and is looking to recruit more foster carers to assist others.
Speaking during his visit to Calais, Cllr Cowan: “This is a crisis. I don’t think we can walk by on the other side of the street .
“There is a moral imperative that we act, and we want to do more than our bit. We can’t look the other way.
“Just as we are improving our approach to the kids that need our help in Hammersmith & Fulham , we must do the same for those in desperate need in Calais.
“Our guiding principle is a simple one – making sure that the children we look after in the borough are safe and receive the best care and support possible, while doing all we can to help those children across the Channel.
“The Calais ‘jungle’ has been described by people who have visited as the worst type of hell . As a child you should always have faith that adults will act in your best interest, but that’s not happening here.
“We need to create a sense of national outrage – we will not look the other way.”
The local authority is working with Lord Dubs, who successfully argued that child refugees should be helped in the UK, and campaign group Citizens UK.
At least 10 unaccompanied children from the camp will be helped as soon as the Home Office gives permission for them to travel.