Scottish Separated Children Guardianship Pilot

Scottish Separated Children Guardianship Pilot

Professors Heaven Crawley (CMPR) and Ravi Kohli (University of Bedfordshire) have been appointed as independent evaluators of the Scottish Separated Children Guardianship Pilot the first of its kind in the UK. The pilot will be delivered in partnership by Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour Child Care Trust, with support from the Big Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.  The pilot will offer independent support to separated children who arrive in Scotland without parents or family. These children will be provided with an independent ‘guide’ through the complex asylum and welfare systems, who will also help them to take a more active role in their own asylum claim. The pilot, which begins on 2 August 2010, will last for 30 months during which time the evaluators will provide reports to the Advisory Group on a three-monthly basis as part of a formative evaluation process.