User guide: unaccompanied asylum-seeking children data dashboard

The Migration Yorkshire UASC dashboard presents an area profile about unaccompanied asylum-seeking children for each local authority area in Yorkshire and Humber.

Watch this detailed video user guide for more support on how to use the dashboard.

What’s covered in the dashboard?

The dashboard presents data from three different data sources:

  • The annual snapshot covers those unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under the age of 18 who were under the legal care of the local authority as of 31 March. This includes those who have arrived in a local authority spontaneously, through the NTS or under the Vulnerable Children's Resettlement Scheme [VCRS] or the Dubs Scheme.
  • Quarterly data about the NTS provides a cumulative update on how many children have been transferred to a local authority since the latest annual snapshot. The net figure takes into account transfers out of the local authority, transfers into the local authority and transfers from a port or intake unit.
    • National Transfer Scheme [NTS] data will be updated every quarter when new data is released from the Home Office, usually in the last week of February, May, August and November.
  • In the absence of local level data, national data about the nationality of UASC applicants, outcomes of age disputes and initial decisions made on UASC applications is presented to enhance insights.

All Yorkshire and Humber local authorities are currently participating in the NTS dispersal scheme.

The number of dispersals to a local authority depends on numbers arriving in the UK, the type of transport that the young person used [so motorway networks and ports are significant locations] and whether the local authority has suitable accommodation and support for a young person.

How do you operate the dashboard?

The dashboard has been designed to be viewed on a laptop or desktop screen and is less compatible on mobile screens.

The dashboard presents differently based on the zoom level of your browser. To see the tabs for all the visualisation included in each section set your browser zoom level between 75% and 90%. If you have difficulty reading the text or seeing the visualisations you can increase the zoom level, however the tabs will disappear and you will have to click the arrows to browse through the visualisations in each section.

We encourage you to view visualisations in full screen mode to ensure the complete text, visualisation and labels are clearly visible. You can do this by clicking the maximise icon [circle with arrows which appears at the top right of the visualisation when you hover over it] and minimise again by clicking the same icon.

Dashboard structure

The dashboard is laid out in a similar structure to other Migration Yorkshire dashboards, with:

  • a panel at the left of the screen including information about the time period the profile covers, a link to the original data source [in case you want to download data separately], what is and isn’t included in the dashboard, some brief instructions, links to detailed video and text user guides and other Migration Yorkshire data and statistics outputs and details about our funder the European Union Asylum Migration and Integration Fund.
  • a header at the top of the screen including three filters which you can use to select the local authority, city region or sub region you want to view.
    • You can only select one area in one filter at a time, the remaining filters need to stay on Yorkshire and Humber - otherwise the dashboard presents ‘no data’ or incorrect data.
    • Data may take some time to load if the dashboard is being used by many people at the same time [a spinning wheel appears in the visualisation]. It will be rare for this to happen, however if it does, you are advised to wait for the data to load or click refresh.
  • The profile for Yorkshire and Humber opens by default [figures in the Yorkshire and Humber profile are a sum or average of local authority figures so these may slightly differ from other regional totals published].

Sections of the dashboard

The main body of this dashboard has four sections.

The top left section provides the latest annual snapshot of looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Click on the tabs at the bottom of the section to see:

  • a timeseries showing numbers over time since 2018.
    • Information and guidance about data and interactivity is provided at the bottom of visualisations when applicable.
    • You can hover over data points in any visualisation to view a data label.
    • The latest period in all the timeseries is referred to as ‘NOW’, to support automation of the dashboard - the specific dates are referenced in the side panel.
  • a comparison of Yorkshire and Humber local authorities and UK regions.
    • Consider viewing these visualisations in full screen mode if all local authority or region/nation names are not visible.

The top right section follows an identical format but concentrates on the number of looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as a percentage of the 0-17 age population based on the latest annual snapshot.

  • There is consensus that the percentage of UASC shouldn’t be more than 0.07% of the 0-17 population, this indicator allows you to see how close an area is to this ‘cluster limit’.
  • This standardised rate allows you to make direct comparisons between different areas.
  • The latest Office of National Statistics mid-year population estimate is used to calculate this percentage and may not necessarily equate to other cluster ratios released by the government.
  • Use the timeseries chart in this section only for local authorities. The timeseries chart should not be used for Yorkshire and Humber, city region and sub region [as the percentage is calculated taking an average of rates from local authorities included, which is incorrect at sub regional and regional level].

The lower left section provides information about cumulative net transfers through the NTS since the latest annual snapshot with separate tabs showing a comparison of Yorkshire and Humber local authorities and UK regions and nations.

The lower right section of the dashboard includes:

  • a map illustrating various data sources about unaccompanied asylum-seeking children on local authority, regional and world maps. We recommend you view this visualisation in full screen mode to see maps and pop-up windows clearly. To interact with the map:
    • click the layers list [top right, third diamond icon] to view different map layers.
    • click the eye icon to switch a layer on or off. We recommend you view only one layer at a time, otherwise the map becomes hard to read with overlapping layers.
    • click the legend list [top right, second bullet list icon] to see how data has been categorised.
    • click any area on the map to view a brief area summary.
    • zoom and drag with your mouse to navigate around the map, use the zoom buttons and click the home button [top right, first house icon] to return to the default Yorkshire and Humber view.
    • For this map and other visualisations with nationality data - Stateless, Refugees, British Overseas Citizens, Other and Unknown nationalities are counted as UK. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have been counted with China.
  • tabs presenting national level data in the absence of local level data to provide additional context.
    • The second tab presents a timeseries showing the number of asylum applications made by unaccompanied children in the UK since 2002 and the third tab breaks this down for the top 20 nationalities applying.
    • The fourth tab shows outcomes of age disputes resolved in the UK in the latest year for the top 10 nationalities.
    • The final tab shows outcome of initial decisions made in the UK in the latest year for the top 20 nationalities.
    • A scroll bar is made available at the top of these visualisations to allow users to zoom into specific sections. Click on ‘show all’ to return to the full series.

Unfortunately, there is no functionality to download data from the visualisations; you can refer to the link to the original data source in the side panel if you require this.

You can use the snipping tool or print screen functions on your device to take copies of any visualisation [ensure the time period and what is covered or not covered in the data from the side panel is included to avoid confusion].

There is a lot to take in at first sight. We would encourage you to take time to read or watch the user guides and familiarise yourself with the contents of each section [pay attention to areas selected in the filters, time periods, when data is at local, regional or national level, titles of charts and axes and supporting information at the bottom of the section].

We hope this dashboard is useful for you to learn about unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, influence policy and strategy and develop evidence-based services.

This is a new method for Migration Yorkshire to share data and statistics. We’d appreciate hearing your feedback and comments, please contact


Page last updated: 24/02/2022 15:54:39

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