This briefing provides information on the duties of local authority social services departments in Wales to migrant children and families, with a focus on safeguarding and destitution support for children and families whose immigration status prohibits them from accessing welfare benefits. In particular, it considers the implications of the transition in April 2016 for local authorities in Wales from providing services under the Children Act 1989 to this group to providing services under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. It considers both the existing and the new assessment processes and provision of services, as well as linking to examples of promising practice and other useful information. It is intended for those working in local authorities undertaking assessments of need and/or providing services, and to families and those providing assistance to families in seeking statutory support.
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