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Updates on policy news relating to unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK. With sections on:



Statutory guidance

Assessing age for asylum applicants

February 2018

Home Office

Description Guidance for Home Office staff on age assessment.

Comment Social workers should also refer to the Age assessment guidance published by ADCS [Association of Directors of Children’s Services], which provides support on how to undertake a thorough, high quality age assessment. For more information on updated guidance, please see Age Assessment: court appeal judgement.

Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery

November 2017

Department for Education

Description The revised statutory guidance.

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines guidance

September 2018

Home Office

Description This guidance is primarily aimed at front line staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults.

Guidelines on working with young refugees and migrants: fostering cross-sectoral cooperation

April 2019

Council of Europe

Description Guidelines on how different sectors can co-operate to ensure the rights, inclusion and participation of young refugees and migrants.

How will the Children and Social Work Act 2017 affect migrant children?

March 2018

NRPF Network [No Recourse to Public Funds Network]

Interim guidance for independent child trafficking guardians

January 2017

Home Office

Description Guidance on roles and responsibilities of Independent Child Trafficking Guardians [ICTGs]. Referral forms are also included as part of the guidance.

National transfer scheme [NTS] protocol

March 2018

Home Office

Description The new NTS protocol.

National transfer scheme: questions and answers


Home Office

Description This question and answer document provides responses to some frequently asked questions in relation to the scheme. It should be read in conjunction with UASC National Transfer Protocol.

National referral mechanism: guidance for child first responders

August 2018

Home Office

Description Provides details on how to refer a child into the NRM and complete the referral form, reviews of decisions and the benefits of referral.

New guidance available on legal aid for separated children

July 2019

Coram Children's Legal Centre

Description New guidance from charities working with separated migrant children has been published, outlining how to access legal aid for this group.

Safeguarding strategy: unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children

November 2017

Department for Education

Description Updated version of the guidance.

Safeguarding strategy: letter to the Children’s Commissioner

January 2019

Home Office and Department for Education

Description A letter from the HO and DfE to the Children’s Commissioner for England outlining the progress made on the commitments in the Safeguarding Strategy for unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children.

What is a suitable placement for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child? Information for local authorities to accompany the national transfer protocol for unaccompanied asylum seeking children

April 2018

Department for Education

Description New guidance provided by the DfE.

Yorkshire and Humber local authority in-region transfer requests

Migration Yorkshire

Comment The Yorkshire and Humber in-region transfer process is available to local authorities who receive spontaneous arrivals and have exceeded the 0.07% UASC to resident child population ratio. Local Authorities who wish to refer new arrivals should follow the In-region Procedure and complete the Unique Unaccompanied Child Record.


Government rules, regulations and information

Age Assessment: court appeal judgement

Published May 2019

Home Office

Description A landmark decision has been made which makes changes to how age assessments are undertaken. The impact on local authorities could be twofold; there will be more full age assessments for spontaneous arrivals and fewer referrals from adult asylum accommodation for young people sent into the adult system without proper assessment. The updated guidance can be found here.

Change to section 67 of the immigration act 2016 [Dubs amendment]

October 2019

Home Office

Description From 1 October 2019, all children who arrive under Dubs [S67] will now automatically be granted S67 Leave at port. The Home Office will share more information and guidance about this change soon.

Child exploitation disruption toolkit

April 2019

Home Office

Description This guidance provides disruption tactics for those working to safeguard children and young people under the age of 18 from sexual and criminal exploitation.

EU Settlement Scheme – concerns and recommendations

August 2018

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Description Coram Children’s Legal Centre has been calling for a new system for EU nationals that is child-friendly and allows children to stay here permanently, if they wish to. 

Information and resources about the Dubs and Dublin procedure [under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016]

Published 2017; last updated 2018

Home Office

Description General information on Section 67 and a process document specifically in relation to France.

Legal aid reinstated for migrant children in care

August 2018

NRPF Network [No Recourse to Public Funds Network]

Description Information about the government announcement to change to controversial restrictions on legal aid for unaccompanied and separated migrant children.

Leave to remain for UASC who came from Calais - written statement HCWS961

September 2018

Caroline Nokes [Minister of State for Immigration]

Description A written ministerial statement to inform parliament of its intention to create a new form of immigration leave for those transferred to the UK to reunite with family as part of the Calais camp clearance between October 2016 and July 2017 and who do not qualify for leave under existing rules [ie are refused refugee status / humanitarian protection].

Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked

October 2011

Department for Education and Home Office

Description This guidance is for local authorities, to help agencies and their staff safeguard and promote the welfare of children who may have been trafficked. It should use it together with the related statutory guidance ‘working together to safeguard children’.

Statement of changes in immigration rules - written statement HCWS768

June 2018 Caroline Nokes [Minister of State for Immigration]

Description The government has announced new immigration rules, which allow young people who enter the UK under Section 67 [the Dubs amendment] to be granted S67 leave if they are not granted refugee status. 

Statement of removal of date restrictions under section 67 of the Immigration Act: written statement HCWS1225

December 2018 Caroline Nokes [Minister of State for Immigration]

Description the government has decided to remove the date criterion for when children had to have arrived in Europe to qualify for transfer to the UK.


Funding information

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children and leaving care: funding instructions

Last updated June 2019

Home Office

Description Updated funding instructions have been published for 2019-20 for both UASC in care and for those leaving care. The review into leaving care funding is on-going but the Home Office hope to complete it shortly.


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