There is a real shortage of fostering families who can offer unaccompanied asylum seeking children a safe refuge from other countries who have often been affected by traumatic experiences.
Many unaccompanied asylum seeking children/refugees in the UK have travelled for miles to escape horrific incidents in their homelands. A child may require support such as coming to terms with family loss or adapting to cultural changes; but ultimately these are children or young teenagers that need a secure and safe place and to understand they are not alone.
“Whatever the politics of the situation, the welfare and rights of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children have to come first. They are particularly vulnerable, arriving here alone, unable to speak English and often having experienced a trauma in their past and on their journeys. A number of our foster carers speak many languages, which can be really helpful in terms of giving care and support to a newly-arrived child. However, we always need more families to step forward to foster.
“Our carers are never made to feel that they have to cope with any difficulties alone. They have access to round-the-clock support and receive frequent visits from our team of highly experienced social workers.”
Bernie Gibson, Managing Director of Compass.