National UASC Transfer Protocol

Latest News:

  • Updated FAQ document added - 12 January 2017
  • What is a suitable placement for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child? - updated 9 September 2016
  • Flow chart updated - 18 July 2016
  • Interim protocol update as of 1 July 2016
  • Transfer flow chart now available

This interim national Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) transfer protocol (‘the interim transfer protocol”) has been created to enable the safe transfer of UASC from one UK local authority (the entry authority from which the UASC transfers) to another UK local authority (the receiving authority) from 1 July 2016.

The interim transfer protocol forms the basis of agreement made between local authorities to ensure that any local authority does not face an unmanageable responsibility in accommodating and looking after UASC pursuant to its duties under parts 3, 4, and 5 of the Children Act 1989 or equivalent legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, simply by virtue of being the point of arrival of a disproportionate number of UASC.

It has been drafted in cooperation between the Department for Education, the Home Office, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and the Local Government Association and gives effect to, and operates in accordance with, the provisions for the transfer of responsibility for relevant children under Part 5 of the Immigration Act 2016.

It sets out the agreed roles and responsibilities of the officials with principle responsibility for its implementation, including:

  • Local authorities which have functions under parts 3,4 and 5 of the Children Act 1989
  • Central administration teams
  • Regional administration leads.

The interim protocol is subject to initial consultation prior to becoming operational from 1 July 2016.

From that point it will be regularly reviewed and revised and the operational transfer protocol will be made available on the ADCS website. Notification of updated versions will be communicated by ADCS. The protocol will be refreshed on a yearly basis, with a new protocol for 2017/18 schedule to be introduced on 1 April 2017.

View the interim protocol (updated 1 July 2016)

View the latest FAQs (updated 21 Jan 2017)

View the transfer flow chart (updated 18 July 2016)

What is a suitable placement for an unaccompanied asylum seeking child? (updated 9 September 2016)

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