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Support under the Care Act or Children Act

This content applies to England

Asylum seekers may be entitled to assistance from social services under the Care Act 2014 or the Children Act 1989.

In some cases a mix of support will be required, provided both by UKVI and social services.

Adult asylum seekers who need care and support because of illness or disability may receive assistance through social services under the Care Act 2014 instead of through UKVI. See the section Help for ineligible adult migrants

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children can get assistance under the Children Act 1989. For details, including information on age assessment, see the section Help for ineligible children and families.

The information on this page applies only to England. Go to Shelter Cymru for information relating to Wales.

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