The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of independent advocacy across Scotland. This newsletter provides an update on the progress of the SIAA.
This guide is about the rights and entitlements of separated refugee and asylum-seeking children in England (often described as unaccompanied children). These are children under 18 years of age who are outside their country and separated from both parents or their legal/customary primary care-giver. The majority of separated children come to the UK alone. However, some children become separated in the UK after informal foster arrangements or family break down.
This resource is a review which looks specifically at problems with the implementation of the Human Rights Act. The review was commissioned in the immediate aftermath of the Inquiry Report (by HM Chief Inspector of Probation) into the release of Anthony Rice, which had suggested that human rights arguments, and the Human Rights Act, had been contributory factors in the events leading to the murder of Naomi Bryant.
This guide is designed to assist immigration officers working at ports of entry. It includes practical tips on supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children on arrival that can easily be incorporated into day-to-day work; answers to frequently asked questions about asylum-seeking young people and why they come to the UK; and information on age assessments and trafficking.
This review sets out to investigate the evidence base for the provision of differentiated services to meet the diverse needs of disabled children and young people and their families. It focuses on children from BME (black and minority ethnic) communities, children with complex needs, children living away from home, and children from refugee and asylum-seeking families as instances of those who face the most challenges to adequate service delivery.
This review describes research into, and practice of universal drug prevention. It provides information on several different approaches, including school and family based, communities, mass media and generic health interventions. This work is placed in the context of relevant national policy (UK).
Video outlining the problems faced by asylum seekers and refugees in the UK and their struggles to establish themselves in society. A former asylum seeker tells how he is using his own experience to help others.
The second destitution tally survey took place between 1st and 31st October 2008, and aimed to capture statistics on destitution of asylum seekers throughout the UK by surveying visitors to agencies belonging to the Asylum Support Partnership.
The report is in two parts: the Executive Summary provides a brief overview of the research for policy makers, setting out the aim of the exercise, the key findings, conclusions and recommendations; and the Research Results section gives additional evidence to reinforce the key findings.
Consultation document seeking views on the draft Scottish Government response to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's 'concluding observations' on the UK's record on ensuring the rights of all children.
This guide is an introduction to mentoring and befriending schemes for young refugees. Mentoring is commonly seen as a way of supporting young people to meet their education, training and employment aspirations. Befriending tends to concentrate more on supporting a young person emotionally, having someone to talk to and have fun with.