People arriving from Ukraine - risk and need: public protection guidance

Guidance for all practitioners involved in safeguarding of children and adults who are arriving in Scotland from Ukraine to identify and respond to risk and need.


On 18 February 2024, the UK Government Home Office announced changes to Ukraine visa schemes. This guidance document is being updated and changes will be reflected as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please refer to the UK Government guidance for information about Ukraine visa schemes.

Overview

This guidance is for all practitioners involved in the identification and safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults who have arrived in Scotland, displaced by the illegal war against Ukraine. It highlights the vulnerabilities that services working with vulnerable children and adults at risk of harm should be aware of.

This guidance does not replace existing national or local safeguarding, child, or adult protection guidance or established structures.

The guidance sets out safeguarding challenges associated with displacement and outlines the approach to:

  • identifying concerns
  • supporting and maximising safety
  • the principles that should be applied and the legal frameworks underpinning practice

This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Super Sponsor Scheme and Individual Matching: guidance for local authorities. This has more detailed information in relation to entitlements, roles of local authorities, Welcome Hubs and access to services.

Contact

Email: UkraineSafeguarding@gov.scot

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