Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Toolkit

The UK Home Office defines an unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC) as a person under 18 years old, who is applying for asylum and is separated from both parents, and are not in the care of a guardian. The number of UASC arriving in the UK has been increasing as a result of spontaneous arrivals and organised programmes such as the national transfer scheme. IRiS, in collaboration with Save the Children, has developed a Toolkit with a range of resources to inform and assist local authorities, foster carers and practitioners working with UASC.

Background

Background

Many unaccompanied minors face distinct challenges and risk being exploited due to their legal status and age. They require dedicated support to help address these challenges.

Advocacy

Advocacy

UASC need support from a wide range of professionals who understand the challenges they face and can offer practical expert advice to aid integration into their new environment.

Education

Education

Support needs to be provided for UASC when they enter education to address their particular needs. A welcoming and supportive environment is essential to promoting the wellbeing and progression of young children.

Fostering, caring and safeguarding

Fostering, caring and safeguarding

Children require security and stability to build resilience in their new environment with extra support needed to promote a child’s culture, language and identity.

Health

Health

Unaccompanied minors are entitled to free NHS care and require support to navigate the healthcare system.

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