A key area of work for WMSMP is supporting regional working in relation to Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). WMSMP has a UASC Policy Officer whose core responsibility is to coordinate transfers of children into the region through the National Transfer Scheme (NTS). Children can be transferred from local authorities elsewhere in the UK, from Europe under section 67 Immigration Act 2016 (the Dubs Amendment) and from the Middle East and North Africa under the Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme (VCRS). WMSMP also supports local authorities in dealing with spontaneous arrivals of UASC in their areas and requests for children in Europe to be reunited with family in the West Midlands under the Dublin III Regulation. To find out more about our work with UASC please see the boxes below . If you require further information, please see the links to further resources on this page.
The National Transfer Scheme (NTS) is a voluntary arrangement that is designed to ensure a more even distribution of unaccompanied children across the UK.
The West Midlands has been successful in receiving a £1.9m grant fund from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) in order to ensure that all 14 West Midlands upper-tier LAs are able to contribute to the NTS and have confidence that staff are able to respond to legislative and statutory requirements for unaccompanied children. The grant, being overseen by the Migration Forum with support from the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership, is intended to develop expertise, raise quality and promote best practice across all services and communities supporting unaccompanied children, covering their education, health, social care, employment, and housing.
The Migration Forum has allocated £440,000 to voluntary sector organisations who can help achieve these goals. Grants to single organisations of up to £40,000 are available; organisations working together may apply for a larger grant where there are clear measurable benefits from joint working.
We are specifically looking to support projects that:
- Help UASC feel safe and valued.
- Enable UASC to become the best they can be because they are fully integrated into our education and host community.
- Enable UASC to be positive contributors to society because they are healthy; resilient; work-ready and assets to the community they live in; whether that is in the United Kingdom or if they return to their home country.
- Enable UASC to be healthy both physically and mentally.
- Enable UASC to be upholders and appreciators of British laws and values because they feel they are part of British society.
- Enable UASC to promote identity, as well as integration by linking in with cultural resources and building links with host authorities and home countries.
The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on 21st February 2019 .
Further information is available from David Gibson on 07737 115493 or at email@example.com
Policy Statement: Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Version 2.0, January 2018) and Detailed Process: Transfer of minors to the UK from France under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (February 2018)