Unaccompanied Minors Program

Unaccompanied Minors Program (UMP)


The Unaccompanied Minors Program (UMP) is a service and policy advocacy program dedicated to advocating for the best interests, safety and well-being of unaccompanied/separated minors. The program seeks to address policy issues relating to the treatment of unaccompanied minors, as well as mechanisms for the delivery of direct basic services to unaccompanied minors children including access to social grants, education, health care, shelter, skills training and foster care.


The program looks at national and international laws and their impact on the rights of unaccompanied migrant children. The program aims to influence policies on the legal status of unaccompanied migrant children and their access to government social services. This includes standards for arrest, conditions of detention, rules regarding release from custody, access to avenues to legalize status, labour and educational rights and right to guardians. Social services issues include access to juvenile dependency courts, foster care and access to education.


The program also assists with providing legal guardianship and in terms of which RCP assumes the authority of supervising and caring for unaccompanied minors under their guardianship.