Sample photo by Radek Homola

Welcome to the website for the ESRC funded project ‘Supporting separated migrant children to thrive during COVID-19’. 

The UN defines separated migrant children as ‘children under 18 years of age who are outside their country of origin and separated from both parents, or their previous legal/customary primary caregiver’. In Scotland and the other UK nations, the term ‘unaccompanied asylum seeking children’ is often used interchangeably with separated children.

Our project examines how separated children (aged 12 -18), who currently live in Scotland, experience the COVID-19 crisis and how it has impacted on their connectivity to networks and services. We aim to identify how social, legal and educational services have adapted to meet their needs, and disseminate good practice throughout the UK and internationally. 

This website documents the project’s progress and outcomes and discusses policy and practice recommendations based on our findings. As it is an active project running to the end of 2021, we invite you to follow new developments here and on Facebook and Twitter. If you want to find out more about separated migrant children in Scotland, or discuss our work in more detail, please get in touch with our Research Team.