What does it mean? – U


This page is part of our handy list of definitions and explanations of some of the terms that you might have come across but didn’t know what they meant. If you think we’ve missed something, let us know, and we’ll look at added it to the list. 

These are the entries for U. You can see other entries by clicking the letters below.



UASC – Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child

People who arrive in the UK on their own from another country because their country is too dangerous for them to stay in are known as Asylum Seekers (people searching for a place of safety). Sometimes children arrive on their own after long and traumatic journeys, separated from parents and relatives, and not in the care of someone who is responsible for doing so. These are known as Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). They are entitled to foster care in the UK until they are 18 when they can apply for the right to remain in the UK. Some UASC are allowed to stay after they are 18, some have to return to their country of origin. If you are a UASC, you should have the right support provided for all your needs. If you feel some of your needs are not being met, please speak to your social worker or a professional you trust.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Article 12

This is probably the most important statement ever made about your rights as a child. The United Nations Article 12:

  • States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.
  • For this purpose, the child shall in particular be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly, or through a representative or an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national law.