Social Worker - Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
The UK Border agency’s definition of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) is children who are applying for asylum in their own right; separated from both parents; and are not being cared for by an adult, who in law or by custom, has a responsibility to do so.
Birmingham Children’s Trust's duty under section 17 and section 20 of the Children’s Act 1989 is to assess children in these circumstances needs; and provide support and accommodation.
Where there is uncertainty as to the age of the child or young person; an age assessment, governed by statutory practice, is undertaken. The outcome may then be challenged in the courts.
Children accepted or assessed as being under 16 are accommodated in a foster placement, where the young person is considered and/or assessed to be aged 16 -18, they are placed in supportive accommodation.
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