The UK Border agency’s definition of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) is children who are applying for asylum in their own right; separated from both parents; and are not being cared for by an adult, who in law or by custom, has a responsibility to do so.
Birmingham Children’s Trust's duty under section 17 and section 20 of the Children’s Act 1989 is to assess children in these circumstances needs; and provide support and accommodation.
Where there is uncertainty as to the age of the child or young person; an age assessment, governed by statutory practice, is undertaken. The outcome may then be challenged in the courts.
Children accepted or assessed as being under 16 are accommodated in a foster placement, where the young person is considered and/or assessed to be aged 16 -18, they are placed in supportive accommodation.
WHAT DO WE DO
One of our key tasks is that the children and young people in our care secure their residency in this country via the Home Office. This is critical, as beyond the age of 18 and without their ‘leave to remain’ in this country being secure; they may face deportation.
An experienced HCPC-registered social worker with an approved qualification, you will be able to deal with children in need and at times of intense crisis. As such, you will have fantastic verbal and written communication skills and the ability to make clear, evidence-based decisions about the safety of children.
With great organisational skills and willing to work flexibly, you will forge close relationships with partner agencies and have a good understanding of key legislation. Your experience of supporting vulnerable children and knowledge of working alongside statutory and voluntary agencies will prove invaluable, as will your resilient ‘can do’ attitude.
LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
As part of our commitment to ensuring you achieve your full professional capabilities, you’ll benefit from furthering your skills and knowledge with the Trust's Career Progression Pathway for Social Workers in Children’s Services. Working under the umbrella of the University of Birmingham, this is a mix of current theoretical thinking, evidence based practice and workplace skills – helping you to ensure you’re always on the right career path.
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To find out more about this role call Liam Bradley on 07760550945 or Diana Bayona Bazurto on 07766924291
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