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A range of toolkits and other online resources useful for people working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK. With sections on:



Services and directories

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.

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.

Equal access university scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK

Student Action for Refugees

Description Information about all the universities which offer scholarships and bursaries for refugees and asylum seekers, with a link to each university's website.

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.

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.

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

Updated June 2020

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.

Telephone and email advice for issues relating to looked after migrant children and care leavers


NRPF Network [No Recourse to Public Funds Network]

Description Includes information about a new free telephone and email advice service for practitioners working with looked after migrant children and care leavers. Enquiries regarding looked after children and care leavers can be made by telephone to 020 7527 3868 [Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm], or by email to


Resources and guides

Developing resources for local authority practitioners supporting migrant young people


NRPF Network [No Recourse to Public Funds Network]

Description The NRPF Network is extending its advice and support provision for practitioners working with older migrant children in care and care leavers, offering a range of online guidance.

Digital storytelling project


My Bright Kite

Description My Bright Kite, have released twelve brand new personal testimonial films made by children and young people in migration who attend Lawnswood School, Leeds.

ESOL for refugees: a toolkit for commissioners and practitioners


Migration Yorkshire and Partners

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

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. The handbook includes:

  • Examples of promising practices implemented around Europe.
  • Practical tips to highlight ways to implement this guidance in practice.
  • Points to consider including specific situations or risk factors that would increase a child’s vulnerability or increase the barriers in access to rights.
  • Questions children may have at different stages of their journey.
  • Quotes from children.
  • Children’s recommendations.
  • Golden rules for each given context.

Information for new arrivals

April 2019


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

Introductory guide and resource directory for foster carers supporting unaccompanied asylum seekers in Devon

January 2018

Fostering Devon

Description Tips for foster carers supporting UASC. It covers topics from mental health to education and includes a directory of services including places of worship, shopping and eating, and support organisations.

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.

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

May 2020

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. Has pages on:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stand together 4 refugees [ST4R]

Children's society

Description A group of young refugees in Leeds have published a ST4R booklet that they hope will improve life for young refugees in this country.

Strengthening Responses to Child Trafficking and Modern Slavery



Description As part of the project 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.

Trafficking resource sheet

Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership

Description This resource sheet is designed to signpost local authorities and practitioners to resources which can support them in their response to child trafficking in their area. Many of the resources can also be found on our UASC hub policy and guidance section.

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children

November 2018

Migration Yorkshire

Description An overview of the unaccompanied children and young people who arrive in Yorkshire and Humber to seek asylum. Includes information about: routes of entry; legal status; different forms of leave to remain which may be granted to UASC, specifically affecting the children and young people who entered the UK as part of the Calais camp clearance in 2016 and 2017; and age assessment for young people who arrive without documentary proof of age.

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 a you can download an English version of the 'Who is Who?' booklet.

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.


Research and reports

Children looked after in England - latest statistics

February 2021

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 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'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.

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.

Ending immigration detention of children and providing adequate care and reception for them

July 2020

United Nations

Description The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants has produced a new report focusing on the rights of migrant children.

Fostering Across Borders - materials

September 2019


Description  Links to documents and materials developed by the Fostering Across Borders project to help assess, support and improve the provision of family-based care to unaccompanied migrant children in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland and the United Kingdom. The materials include the Project's final report, which highlights key findings and recommendations.

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.

Comment 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.

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.

Pushback report on children and unaccompanied children in Croatia

May 2020

Centre for Peace Studies and Welcome! Initiative [Croatia]

Description  A new report on ‘violent and illegal expulsions of children and unaccompanied children’ from Croatia into neighbouring countries such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Based on testimonies collected from children, the report highlights children’s experiences of violence at the hands of Croatian authorities, going ‘missing’, illegal pushbacks and detention.

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 The 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.

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.



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.

Briefing: nationality and children in care

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

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.  

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.

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.

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.


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Your contact for Yorkshire and Humber

Dinah Beckett - Regional Asylum and Refugee Integration Manager

Phone: 0113 378 9012