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.

Arrival pathways for people travelling from Ukraine

Ukraine Family Visa Scheme

The majority of early arrivals have arrived in the UK via the Ukraine Family Visa Scheme. This scheme allows Ukrainian nationals or other nationals resident in Ukraine before 1 January 2022 to come to the UK to reside with immediate or extended family members. There are no safeguarding checks pre-arrival and this arrangement is made purely between the family members. Families arriving on this route do not have access to initial payment of £200, however they do have recourse to public funds and can access services.

Homes for Ukraine Scheme

The UK Government has developed the Homes for Ukraine Scheme which allows UK sponsors – either UK citizens or anyone with at least 6 months leave to remain – to register their home online, offering space for Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members (who may also be nationals of other countries) fleeing the war to reside in the UK. UK citizens can register their home online and find a suitable match, offering space for Ukrainians fleeing the war to reside. A second phase of the scheme will enable organisations, such as charities, to match with individuals and groups displaced from Ukraine and undertake the role of sponsor. Families have access to public funds on arrival and are to be given £200 per person by the local authority to support their cost of living needs whilst waiting for benefits.  

Super Sponsor Scheme

From 13 July 2022, the Scottish Super Sponsor Scheme has been temporarily paused for new applications. We are doing this to make sure we can provide support and sanctuary to those displaced people who are in Scotland already or will shortly be arriving. 

Applications made under the Super Sponsor Scheme before 13 July 2022, are being processed as usual.

All visas issued under the Super Sponsor Scheme, are valid and displaced people who hold a Super Sponsor visa can travel to Scotland where they will receive a warm welcome.

The Scottish Government’s Super Sponsor Scheme removes the need for applicants to be matched prior to being given permission to travel to the UK.  By acting as ‘super sponsor’, rather than waiting for the matching process, allows safety and sanctuary to be provided immediately.

The Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities provides further detail relating to each scheme.

As with other resettlement schemes, local authorities working in partnership with other statutory service providers and the third sector have a critical role to play in its success. They are uniquely placed to provide the support required to ensure those arriving are supported, safe and included in their community.

Other arrival pathways from Ukraine

Adults and children fleeing the conflict in Ukraine may arrive in Scotland independently of these schemes, for instance some early arrivals have come either with no visa or on a holiday visa. The Home Office is dealing with these individuals on a case by case basis and as such those uncertain of their immigration status or right to public funds should be advised to secure legal advice.

We have funded JustRight Scotland to provide free, independent advice for those fleeing the Ukraine conflict and individuals can refer direct.



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