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Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People, 12/09/11 [W]

The Wales Strategic Migration Partnership (WSMP) has published new guidance on the Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People.

This guidance, which is aimed at professionals working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children, provides a much needed national resource in Wales and contributes to the delivery of some of the recommendations in; Agenda for Action; The care and protection of asylum-seeker and trafficked children in Wales, (Save the Children, 2008) and an action point in the Welsh Government’s Refugee Inclusion Strategy;

 ‘Develop a Welsh Assembly Government Protocol setting out standards and expectations for the assessment of asylum seeking and refugee children and young people, paying particular attention to language issues and the circumstances of unaccompanied children.’

Focus groups were held with young people in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport. Their experiences and views have been embedded within the Practice Guidance document and summarised as an annex.

This Practice Guidance is underpinned by the principle which should always be applied when working with migrant children, Child first, migrant second.  The Practice Guidance is rights based, in line with the Welsh Government’s universal commitment that all children should receive rights to protection, provision and participation regardless of their immigration status.

Furthermore, a training course entitled; Working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children is available from the WSMP. This course includes topics that are within the practice guidance such as; an introduction to working with unaccompanied children, safeguarding, including trafficking, asylum process for children, legal context, age assessment, health and advocacy.

The guidance document is available here.

More information is available from the WSMP website.