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

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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. 

Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery

November 2017

Department for Education

Description The revised statutory guidance.

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

March 2018

NRPF Network [No Recourse to Public Funds Network]

National transfer scheme [NTS] protocol

March 2018

Home Office

Description The new NTS protocol.

Safeguarding strategy: unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children

November 2017

Department for Education

Description Updated version of the guidance.

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

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].

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. 

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.


Funding information

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children and leaving care: funding instructions

Last updated October 2018

Home Office

Description An updated funding instruction has just been published for 2018-19. We're still awaiting the outcome of the finance review for UASC, and the Home Office are part way through the review of post-18 funding.


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