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.
There are a number of third sector organisations that support unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people in the West Midlands. A list of these organisations and a summary of the services they offer can be found here.
Policy Statement: Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (updated 17 February 2020), Factsheet: Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (updated 21 May 2020), and Detailed Process: Transfer of minors to the UK from France under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 (1 February 2018)