Good practice in social care for refugees and asylum seekers
Pointers for good practice: Good practice for children and young people
For children and young people additional pointers to good practice are:
- a positive approach to young people based on exchange and dialogue
- provision of safe age-appropriate accommodation under Section 20 of the 1989 Children Act. This includes:
- adequate placement resources able to take young people at short notice
- carers who have had appropriate training and have a positive approach to young people
- good support for carers from the local authority, or other appropriate agency.
- support for refugee families, including:
- a focus on child welfare as well as child protection
- action to address child poverty as a result of the family having insufficient accommodation and means to support themselves
- support for children who may be caring for a parent with social care needs.
- attention to emotional welfare as well as ensuring other needs are met including access to health services. This means recognition of the trauma and/or grief children and young people may have experienced and providing safe and stable relationships and access to support as appropriate.
- engagement in age-appropriate training and education and the provision of leisure activities, including links with community groups and voluntary organisations in relation to education, social and cultural networks
- dedicated teams with a sufficient level of commitment and expertise and readily available resources for support with language (ideally with relevant language speakers in the team)
- good use of the CAF and information-sharing across agencies with an assessment process led by qualified social workers
- preparation for independence and development of appropriate pathway plans, including planning for different scenarios, which might include a grant of status and leave to remain in the UK, return to the country of origin or remaining in the UK without any status being granted
- assessment and access to appropriate services for children and young people who have been trafficked.
See practice example: Royal Borough of Kingston UASC Team
London Safeguarding Children Board. London Trafficked Children Toolkit 2011
The Children’s Society. Supporting refugee young carers and their families.