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National Transfer Scheme Protocol

National Transfer Scheme Protocol for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Joint Home Office / DfE publication providing detail on the transfer of unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people from port authorities to other areas across the country. Please note this version of the Protocol became operational from 15 March 2018 and was updated in October 2018 (updates are Home Office e-mail addresses and an updated ‘Part B of the Unique Unaccompanied Child Record’.)

View protocol (PDF)

Two additional documents have been made available in support of the protocol - an FAQ and a ‘cases of concern process map’ which can be found below:

Any comments regarding this document and questions about how the protocol should be applied in practice should be directed to

Please note the ADCS central office nor the staff team has any involvement in the age assessment process nor the operation of the Government’s National Transfer Scheme and as such queries should be directed to relevant Home Office team or Regional Migration Partnership contacts, thank you.

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