Scottish Guardianship Pilot Service’s first annual evaluation report published

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The first annual evaluation report of the Scottish Guardianship Pilot Service, co-authored by Professor Heaven Crawley of Swansea University and Professor Ravi Kohli of the University of Bedfordshire, has been published.

The Pilot Service, which began in August 2010, provides separated children and young people seeking asylum or trafficked in Scotland with a guardian, to help them navigate the asylum process and access appropriate welfare services.

It is delivered in partnership by the Scottish Refugee Council and Aberlour Child Care Trust.

The Pilot Service is funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the Scottish Government. And the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund is supporting the independent evaluation of the pilot.

The work will continue for a further 15 months, with a final report drawing out the implications for guardianship in Europe to be published in April 2013.

The report was launched at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on Thursday, February 9, at a learning event for policy makers and practitioners.

Professor Heaven Crawley is Director of Swansea University’s Centre for Migration Policy Research. Visit

Professor Ravi Kohli is Head of the University of Bedfordshire’s Department of Applied Social Studies. Visit