Claiming asylum as a child

This page outlines the legal process for claiming asylum as a child in the UK. Asylum is the protection granted by a state to someone who has left their home country as a refugee.


UASC leave

UASC leave is granted to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children whose asylum claim has been rejected. This page explains what it is, what the problems with it are, and what the consequences of a grant of UASC leave may be.


Local authority support for asylum-seeking children (UASC)

This page lays out the support owed to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) from local authorities, gives up-to-date information on the national transfer scheme and outlines the processes by which to challenge the support given or withheld.



Family tracing

This page provides an overview of the law relating to ‘family tracing’ for children: the mechanism by which an unaccompanied child may trace their family members outside the UK.


Family reunion

Refugee family reunion is the legal process by which a recognised refugee (or person with humanitarian protection) can be reunited with their pre-flight dependent family members.




Asylum support resource page

This resource page provides information on asylum support. This includes information on section 95 support and section 4 support.  This page does not deal with unaccompanied asylum seeking children as those children will be looked after and accommodated by the local authority – please see our fact sheets on claiming asylum as a child and…


Immigration and child trafficking

This page explains the interplay between trafficking and immigration status, and is one of a series of fact sheets about child trafficking.


Children’s best interests

This page provides information on the concept of children’s best interests, why this concept is important and how to apply it to work with migrant and refugee children.


Writing a chasing letter to the Home Office

Once you have sent an immigration application, the Home Office should try to make a decision within six months. However, sometimes they take longer. If you have been waiting for more than six months, and you want to find out what has happened to your case, you can write a chasing letter to the Home Office. We…