Guardianship Scotland is a specialist statutory service providing Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (ICTG) to all unaccompanied asylum seeking children, victims of trafficking and children vulnerable to trafficking who arrive in Scotland. We deliver this in partnership with Aberlour and Scottish Refugee Council on behalf of the Scottish Government and replaced the Scottish Guardianship Service on 1st April 2023.
Under s11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation Act 2015, all unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children in Scotland are entitled to be referred to Guardianship Scotland. Scottish Local Authorities have a duty to refer Children and Young People as soon as reasonably practicable to the service.
Young people remain eligible for support from Guardianship Scotland until three months after they have either been granted leave to remain or have received a conclusive grounds trafficking decision and are over 18.
Our Guardians help children and young people settle into a new life in Scotland. They help young people cope with being apart from their families in a strange, new country. This support can include:
Any local authority or agency in Scotland can make a referral Guardianship Scotland
Please Note: We cannot accept referrals from age-disputed young people until they are in the local authority’s care. However, we can provide advice and information to supporting agencies. As part of the service, we also offer the following:
This project is part-funded by the Scottish Government and the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. Making management of migration flows more across the European Union.
Guardianship Scotland is a statutory service that is contracted by the Scottish government and the sub-sections of the services (participation, mental health and befriending) are not provided by the government and funded by other means. Scottish Government Refugees and Asylum Seekers Policy – Unaccompanied Children