HEAR members’ lobbying for better understanding of, and responses to the needs of disabled refugees, has resulted in the Home Office publishing updated guidance on how Asylum Seekers with Care Needs should be treated by HO, UKVI, Local Authorities and private contractors with statutory responsibilities (e.g. accommodation providers etc.,)
The previous guidance was published in 2004, 10 years prior to the Care Act being brought into being, so we are delighted to have worked with our colleagues in central government to get up-to-date advice for all partners supporting ‘customers’ with health, mental health and social care needs and rights.
Basically rights for disabled people ‘trump’ immigration law!
Please share widely and use this guidance to get asylum seekers, refugees and those with ‘no recourse to public funds’ the support they are entitled to.
HEAR has established a googlegroup to support this work, connect front-line workers to share good practice and disseminate HEAR co-produced briefings that highlight the rights and entitlements of Deaf and Disabled refugees. This is also a mechanism to collect input on public policy issues so use this new guidance and share successes, wins and improvements needed