Job title - UASC Coordinator (Regional role)
Department - West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (WMSMP)
Directorate: Strategy Responsible to: Lead Officer
Grade: Grade 6 Fixed term to the 31/03/2022 with an extension subject to funding.
Location: flexible working from home/office
West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (WMSMP) is hosted by City of Wolverhampton Council on behalf of the West Midlands region. It is funded by but independent from the Home Office. It supports stakeholders across all sectors that deliver services to migrants. It bring together senior representatives from Local Government, Home Office, national government, statutory, voluntary and community and private sectors. These unique cross-sector partnerships with political oversight, support, discuss and represent national and local needs to ensure that migration is managed to benefit all in the UK. This specific role responds to work around Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC’s) and the National Transfer Scheme (NTS).
The NTS was established in July 2016 as result of the ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe and high numbers of children separated from parents and family coming to the UK. This scheme was created to ensure safe transfer of unaccompanied children from one local authority to another in relation to their duties under the Children Act 1989 for looked after children. The scheme has a statutory basis in the Immigration Act 2016 but has been rolled out on a voluntary basis with a key role for Strategic Migration Partnerships to co-ordinate this.
In the West Midlands there are 14 Councils with Children Services responsibilities and involves the post holder working with senior managers and practitioners in relation to capacity and effective running of the scheme. There is also key link with the Home Office section responsible for the Scheme.
An awareness or knowledge of Safeguarding and Children’s Act will be required in relation to this vulnerable group of children, together with knowledge of the Asylum and immigration process that these young people are also subject to. Knowledge of care planning and issues for care leavers is key. Additionally, a good working knowledge of rights for this group of children and the role of quality OISC advice is essential.
The right candidate will be committed to safeguarding children’s best interests, upholding children's rights and supporting access to advocacy. The successful applicant will be committed to seeing young people achieve best outcomes including access to education, legal, health, social support. The candidate should demonstrate their commitment to anti discriminatory practice and evidence of working effectively with statutory and voluntary sector partners to achieve change as well as have working knowledge of anti-trafficking and exploitation
In addition to the main transfer scheme there will be other linked areas of activity or policy development in relation to unaccompanied young people to work on which help and support the overall scheme.
We are seeking a Coordinator to support this important work. The role will be for an initial fixed term period with the possibility of extending this subject to funding. Secondments are welcome. This role would be ideally suited to a candidate with experience of policy and partnership work with knowledge of immigration, asylum and the current national agenda in relation to UASC’s and dispersal.
Interviews to be held 14 July 2021
City of Wolverhampton Council are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria. The council operates a guaranteed interview policy for disabled candidates, those who have previously been under our care and are over the age of 25 and veterans who have served in the military, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post are met.
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