UASC Outcomes Star
In January 2018 we were awarded Home Office funding to develop a new outcomes measurement tool for local authorities supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children.
The tool builds on the Outcomes Star, widely used across local authority departments for young people; rehabilitation and mental health services amongst others. The Star is participatory and allows the service user to track their own progress towards outcomes, underpinned by a journey of change. PTIUK have been using the Young Persons Star for several years within our service.
Unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young refugees have an additional complex set of needs and challenges, and in recognition of this PTIUK are working with Triangle, the creators of the Outcomes Star, to develop a bespoke UASC Star that better reflects their wishes and strengths and the realities of going through the care and asylum processes.
The UASC Star will capture local; regional and national information on the impact of the support provided to young people by local authorities and provide good practice benchmarks for the UASC sector.
The project is a partnership with the South East Strategic Migration Partnership (SESMP) and will be piloted by 8 local authorities across the South East during 2019 and rolled out to a further 11 in 2020. Local authorities; professionals from statutory and non-statutory services involved in the care of UASC and crucially, young people themselves, are being invited to collaborate on the development of the UASC Star.
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Triple Track Planning Training
PTIUK are part of the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration (SESPM) Regional Training Programme, funded through the Home Office to build capacity of local authorities working with UASC. The RTP involves leading organisations in the sector with experience in trafficking; age assessments; mental health and other complex issues relating to UASC, to support local authorities to ensure best practice in these areas.
PTI UK provide training on Triple Track Planning, an approach that acknowledges the difficulties young people face as they go through the asylum and care systems and the need for professionals to engage and support young people to understand these complex processes to achieve the best possible outcomes. Modules include best practice in supporting young people through the asylum process; planning for transition at 18 when granted status and supporting young people who face being appeals rights exhausted (ARE).
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The National Transfer Scheme Evaluation Research
Between March – August 2018 PTIUK have been commissioned by the SESMP to conduct an evaluation of the NTS from the perspective of the child, for those children who have transferred into the care of South East local authorities. This report will provide a resource to inform the delivery of the coordination of the NTS in the South East region, identifying what has worked well and issues to consider in improving future transfers.
Home Office Call for Evidence
After a call for evidence from the Chief Inspector of Immigration and Borders into the treatment of UASC by the Home Office in October 2017, we consulted directly with our young people and put together feedback on their care and treatment, particularly around foster care. This feedback contributed to a report put forward to the Home Office with findings and recommendations. The Home Office has published their report as a result of this inspection which you can read here
Strategic Legal Fund research in to the impact of delays in UASC asylum decision making
Our young people participated in research carried out by Immigration and Asylum specialist solicitors Elder Rahimi in partnership with the Kent Law Clinic ‘Systemic Delays in the processing of claims for asylum made in the UK by unaccompanied asylum seeking children’
The purpose of this research was to investigate the incidence and impact of delay in the asylum system on unaccompanied asylum seeking children, providing evidence that despite the theoretical legal protections designed to ensure that claims are handled with due diligence, in practice these are not routinely applied. Read the report here