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.

The age assessment process

The age of an unaccompanied child is extremely important. It determines a child’s access to education and support, effects the way in which their asylum claim is processed and can even be a decisive factor in a claim for asylum.