The Scottish Guardianship Service perspective on the project

a guest blog post by Stefan Smith from our study partner the Scottish Guardianship Service

The Scottish Guardianship Service has been running for ten years and currently supports over 380 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people. Each young person is allocated a Guardian who understands the asylum process and is there to support them to attend and understand legal and home office appointments, plus assisting with all the various things that can come up in their lives. The Scottish Guardianship Service also offers mental health support and a befriending service with specialised staff in these areas. In my role, I help to organise participation activities for young people such as extra English language support, art, music and sport. Another key feature of the participation work is giving young people a platform to have their voices heard.

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