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Asylum Screening Pilots

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the findings are of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate pilot schemes at Dover port and Croydon including social work intake teams in the asylum screening process; and if he will make a statement. (94602)

Local staff at Dover have developed excellent working relationships with the local social services team based in Dover. The UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) Project, launched in February 2003, is a joint initiative between Kent social services and IND. It ensures that all unaccompanied asylum seeking minors, and minors identified as being at risk, are dealt with sensitively and are quickly referred to social services.

The screening process in Croydon for unaccompanied minors, and minors identified as being at risk, incorporates an initial needs assessment undertaken by social services. Social services have the opportunity to arrange placements or young people at the earliest juncture in the process, and the outcome is that the needs of children are better safeguarded.