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Partnership with Home Office and unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC)

With the UK visas and immigration service (UKVI) located in the borough at Lunar House, we are a gateway for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC).  By law, if a child presents in our borough as in need of a service we have to provide that service, regardless of where they are from.

Our social workers have developed expertise in working with these young people, even travelling to Calais when the camp was being removed. They understand their needs and offer advice on specific issues, as well as managing their transfer either on the National Transfer Scheme (NTS) or the Pan London Rota.

Due to our work with UASC we have a special relationship with the Home Office. We have duty staff from Permanence 1 (the service that primarily deals with UASC) based at Lunar House every day. A social worker joining the team would be part of this duty rota and have an opportunity unique to Croydon – developing expertise in areas such as age assessment and asylum and immigration legislation.