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Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) co-ordination

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) co-ordination

Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

EMC oversees the transfer of children into the East Midlands through various Home Office schemes and provides support and capacity building for councils and other partners receiving planes and spontaneous arrivals of children and young people.

The National Transfer Scheme

The National Transfer Scheme was developed to encourage all councils in the UK to volunteer to support UASC so there is a more even distribution of caring responsibilities across the country.

The Home Office will consider a number of factors when transferring children to a local authority including the existing child population, the number of supported asylum seekers and pressures on children’s services, and the best interests of the child.

Local Authorities will not need to accept unaccompanied asylum-seeking children where this cohort already makes up 0.1% or more of their general child population, which for the local authorities in the East Midlands as a whole would equate to a total of around 1000 unaccompanied children.

Councils may claim reimbursement of costs for supporting and caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and for those former UASC’s receiving support under Leaving Care arrangements.

Please get in touch if you would be interested in finding our more about the National Transfer Scheme:

Consultant Solicitor

The primary focus of this role is to provide legal Advice on strategic immigration matters to the SMP, with specific knowledge and experience on matters affecting the function of Children’s Services.
Advice is provided to enable local authorities to promote good practice standards and consistency throughout the region. Support and guidance is provided to ensure assessments are robust and comply with both safeguarding and immigration laws to minimise the risks of legal challenge and judicial review proceedings.


For further information please contact Sarika Kohli

What does UASC mean?
UASC is defined as a person under 18 yrs when their asylum application is submitted, who is applying for asylum in their own right, and is separated from both parents/ is not being cared for by an adult who has lawful or customary responsibility to do so.