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Applying social work law to asylum and immigration
Applying social work law to asylum and immigration

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7.2 Signposting to other organisations

Signposting can be an important role for social workers working with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. In the box below there is a list of resources that have all been identified by lawyers and practitioners as being valuable sources of further information, support and advice – there may be many more in your nation and local area. National organisations that offer information and guidance have also been included.

Box 5 Further information, support and advice

Statutory agency

  • UK Visas and Immigration

Legal advice

Some useful organisations for advice and support

  • Asylum Aid
  • Asylum Support Appeals Project
  • British Red Cross Refugee Services
  • Freedom from Torture
  • Helen Bamber Foundation
  • Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees (ICAR)
  • Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
  • Migrant Help
  • Migration Scotland – which provides guidance about entitlements (Scotland)
  • Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • NRPF Network – which provides guidance and a helpful tool about entitlements (England and Wales)
  • Project 17
  • The Refugee Council (England)
  • The Scottish Refugee Council
  • The Welsh Refugee Council

Trafficking and services to children and young people

  • ATLEU (Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit)
  • Barnardos
  • Becoming Adult
  • Child Trafficking Advice Centre (NSPCC)
  • JustRight Scotland
  • Migrant and Refugee Children’s Refugee Legal Centre
  • Modern Slavery helpline and resource centre
  • Scottish Guardianship Service
  • Unseen

Domestic violence

  • Rights of Women
  • Scottish Women’s Rights Centre
  • Southall Black Sisters
  • Women for Refugee Women
  • Women’s Aid

This dual role of providing support for people with insecure immigration status, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as signposting them to appropriate services is explored in the next section in relation to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people.