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A range of guides, publications, and other online resources useful for people working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children [UASC] in the UK. With sections on:


Resources for young people

A guide to who is who?

The Migrant and Refugees Children’s Legal Unit [MiCLU]

Description The MiCLU have created a booklet for UASC called ‘who is who?’. It explains the roles of professionals involved in the lives of UASC and has been translated into a number of different languages. All versions are available online, or you can download an English version of the 'Who is Who?' booklet.

Information for new arrivals

April 2019


Description Videos for young people as they learn about and adapt to life in the UK.

Miniila app

Missing Children Europe

Description Miniila is an app that has been designed to support unaccompanied children in Europe. Miniila provides clear, child friendly information about useful services available in the area the young person is in. The app is available in at least eight different countries across Europe and in several languages. A handbook for organisations using and feeding in to the Miniila app is also available to download.

Stages of a Young Person's Asylum Journey

March 2021

Right to Remain

Description A brand new online resource which acts as a guide to the main stages of the asylum process that young people [unaccompanied children] seeking asylum in the UK go through.

Welcome guides for young people in foster care


International Organization for Migration [IOM]

Description IOM, along with Barnardo’s and young people, developed welcome leaflets about foster care, which were then translated to 7 languages spoken by other unaccompanied children populations in care: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Tigrinya, Vietnamese.

Young people’s guide to the age assessment process

September 2020

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit [GMIAU]

Description With help from staff at GMIAU and the pro bono support of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, nine young people from the All4One group put together this guide.

'Your money matters' - financial education textbook


Young Money

Description A free resource around understanding finances for young people. It is designed for schools and has useful information for all young people.


Resources for professionals

Child trafficking advice


Description free guidance for professionals concerned that a child or young person has been or is about to be trafficked into or out of the UK.

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.

ESOL for refugees: a toolkit for commissioners and practitioners


Migration Yorkshire

Description This new toolkit offers useful guidance and highlights current effective practice in ESOL [English for speakers of other languages] for refugees.

Guide for social workers supporting refugee and migrant children in England

July 2019

UNISON and Coram Children's Legal Centre

Description This resource provides a clear guide to law in England, gives an overview of the issues affecting refugee and migrant children in the UK and identifies common themes related to providing support to them from a social work context.

How to convey child-friendly information for children in migration

December 2018

The Council of Europe

Description A handbook to help front line professionals working with migrant children. 

Migration, child trafficking and your rights in the UK

April 2021


Description ECPAT UK and World Vision Vietnam have launched some new resources to inform children and young people from Vietnam at risk of exploitation about their rights in the UK criminal justice system. There are resources available for children and professionals.

Migrant information hub

Description Covid 19 information for migrants and services in Yorkshire and Humber. Resources to share, including multi-lingual materials, national guidance, local services, and support, along with news and updates on specific migrant issues.

Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery

June 2021


Description Information about recognising, preventing and legislation relating to UASC and children who have been trafficked.

Refugee toolkit

The Children’s Society

Description Resources to enable all agencies to stay informed about the needs, rights and entitlements of young refugees and asylum seekers.

Supporting UASC into education

May 2021

National Association of Virtual School Heads [NAVSH]

Description A range of resources produced by local authorities as part of a project to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children into education.


Resources for foster carers and supported lodgings providers

Caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people



Description Information for UASC’s foster carers about different countries, cultures etc for children from Iran, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and other key nationalities. A series of booklets available to be purchased from the CoramBAAF website.

Local resources directory: for asylum seekers and refugees in Bradford, Halifax, Keighley and Leeds

Updated August 2018

Bradford City of Sanctuary

Description A list of resources available.

Mental health resource pack for refugees


City of Sanctuary

Description To help people understand the journeys that refugees and asylum seekers have been through that put pressure on their mental health. Aims to help people in frontline services, such as council offices and doctor’s surgeries, recognise issues and signposts them to available support. Features some good practice examples from Yorkshire and Humber – Leeds, Hull and Doncaster.

Seeking hope zine

June 2020

The Children’s Society

Description As part of Refugee Week, the Hope service group have created a zine that explores the experiences unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who migrate to the UK.

Sleep packs for newly arrived separated children

The Separated Child Foundation

Description Sleep packs are being offered free of charge.


Research and publications

Between insecurity and hope: reflections on youth work with young refugees

December 2018

Council for Europe

Description A Youth Knowledge book commissioned by the Council for Europe which reflects on work with young refugees in Europe and their experiences.

Children left out: securing children’s rights after Brexit

July 2020

Coram Children’s Legal Centre [CCLC]

Description A new report focusing on CCLCs own experiences of supporting children to apply to the scheme, it makes recommendations as to how the government can ensure no eligible child is left out of the scheme by its closure.

Children looked after in England - latest statistics

November 2021 [updated]

Department for Education [DfE]

Description The DfE have published the latest stats on children looked after in the UK, which includes stats relating to unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Children's social care budgets

November 2019

Local Government Association [LGA]

Description A new report from the LGA considers the challenges facing children’s social care budgets.

Civil Society LOIPR Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

December 2020

Children’s Rights Alliance for England [CRAE]

Description A civil society submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child setting out a number of priority issues including a lack of adequate support for victims of trafficking and modern slavery, destitution among families and inadequate options for children seeking protection and separated children in the immigration system, and difficulties regularising status for undocumented children.

Detention of unaccompanied children arriving in Kent during 2020

February 2021

Children's Commissioner

Description This briefing looks at the immediate conditions unaccompanied asylum seeking children faced after travelling to the UK, usually via boat, during 2020.

Education for refugee and asylum seeking children

July 2018

Refugee Support Network for UNICEF UK

Description A new report by UNICEF about refugee children’s access to education [including unaccompanied young people] includes analysis of long delays in accessing education in the UK – particularly for older, teenage children, joining school at exam age.

Evictions - practices that violate children's rights on the Franco-British border

September 2020

Project Play

Description A small grassroots NGO working with displaced children at the UK border in Northern France, have published advocacy reports on children’s rights violations in the region.

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

April 2018

Community Care website

Description Social work students were put together with unaccompanied minors to create a new, collaborative learning space. This report might be useful for those putting together a consultation with unaccompanied children and young people

London’s children and young people who are not British citizens: A profile

January 2020

University of Wolverhampton

Description A new study by the University of Wolverhampton has estimated that over 215,000 children in London are growing up without any formal immigration status.

Nationality and children in care briefing

October 2020

Free Movement

Description A helpful briefing which highlights a recent judgement which stated that local authorities must seek judicial approval if they are unable to gain parental consent for an application which would remove the child’s current nationality

Not so straightforward: experiences of children in care and care leavers in Greater Manchester affected by Brexit immigration changes

October 2019

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit [GMIAU]

Description GMIAU has released a report about the experiences of children in care and care leavers in Greater Manchester affected by Brexit immigration changes, and specifically those who may be eligible for EUSS.

Relocating unaccompanied children: applying good practices to future schemes

May 2020

EU agency for Fundamental Rights

Description The report examines relocation schemes for unaccompanied asylum seeking children across Europe and discusses some of the challenges faced by various programmes.

Safeguarding pressures research report

February 2021


Description Research report draws together survey responses from 129 of all local authorities in England, to provide an insight into the safeguarding related pressures facing children’s services across the country.

Someone to smile at you, that’s all you need’: life in Yorkshire and Humber for a young person seeking asylum

December 2019

Migration Yorkshire

Description Read the findings of this research, undertaken as part of the Welcoming Young Refugees project, which aims to better understand young refugees’ experiences of arriving in a new country alone, at a young age. Both the full report and a summary are available to download.

Study of children joining family in England under the Dublin III Regulation

March 2021

Department for Education [DfE]

Description A mixed method study to understand experiences of Dublin III Regulation among local authorities, children and young people and their families.

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children briefing

January 2021

Migration Yorkshire

Description An overview of the unaccompanied children and young people who arrive in Yorkshire and Humber to seek asylum.

Wasted childhoods – the impact of Covid 19 asylum delays on children

March 2021

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit [GMIAU]

Description Report outlining the impact of Covid 19 asylum delays on children in the North West of England.



Asylum Registration Cards [ARCs]

April 2020

Home Office

Description The Home Office have now changed the way ARC enquiries are made. In order to get in touch with the Home Office regarding ARC, an ARC query form now needs to be completed.

Legal aid funded legal advisers in Yorkshire and Humber

Updated June 2020

Migration Yorkshire

Description A list of legal aid funded legal advisers in Yorkshire and Humber. Please bear in mind that capacity can change when contacting firms for information.

My view children’s therapy

Refugee Council

Description Therapeutic service for unaccompanied children in a a safe, confidential place.

Project for the registration of children as British citizens [PRCBC]


Description The PRCBC is the first and only organisation to focus directly on children and young adults, including UASC and young migrants, and their right to British citizenship.

Safeguarding - asylum safeguarding contact points

June 2020 [updated]

Home Office

Description An up to date contact list for regional asylum safeguarding hubs across the UK. These contacts should be used in cases where further support is needed following the initial casework.

Services map

Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit [MiCLU]

Description Includes entries for over 300 services that can be accessed by migrant and refugee children and young people.



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Dinah Beckett - Regional Asylum and Refugee Integration Manager

Phone: 0113 378 9012