Ukraine - Super Sponsor Scheme - 16 interventions: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

A review of the Super Sponsor Scheme was undertaken, which identified 16 interventions designed to improve sustainability and empowerment of the scheme.

7. What evidence have you used to inform your assessment?

We gather a range of evidence and information on displaced people from Ukraine, including:

However, there is unfortunately limited evidence available on the views and experiences of children and young people within the Ukraine response programme.

A survey was recently conducted via Ukraine Advice Scotland, a service funded by the Scottish Government and run by the independent charity Just Right Scotland, to explore the views of Ukrainian citizens arriving in Scotland.[2] Although this study focuses on adults rather than children and young people, it provides a useful snapshot of the experiences of those in welcome accommodation in the form of hotels and cruise ships. Whilst the overall survey response was generally positive, areas of concerns were raised. One of these was around uncertainty around timeframes and next steps. Issues were also raised around feeling uncomfortable/unsuitable for living with children, the quality of food, location of accommodation and unmet additional needs (e.g. caring for a disabled child). These findings highlight the need for longer-term solutions such as hosted accommodation or social housing, something which we are ultimately striving towards.

Examining the policy landscape for children’s services in Scotland finds a number of legislative approaches that shape the services for children and young people arriving from Ukraine. As per the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, children are classified as ‘individuals under the age of eighteen years.’ There is a rights-based approach to support the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland called ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ (GIRFEC). Its principles are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and a National Practice Model has been developed to allow practitioners to suitably apply these.[3]

Under the visa scheme, children arriving in Scotland from Ukraine are entitled to the same rights as children already living here. This means they are entitled to an education and have access to the same level of services and benefits as people who reside here.



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