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Fostering Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

There is a real shortage of fostering families who can offer unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) a safe refuge. Often, these children have arrived from countries that have been war-torn, or in conflict zones and these children have often been affected by traumatic experiences. Many unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK have travelled for miles to escape horrific incidents in their home country.
Why You Should Consider Fostering Refugees in the UK

These children have fled their home without the protection of their birth parents or family. They are alone, in an unfamiliar country and are likely to be surrounded by people unable to speak their first language. Many unaccompanied and trafficked children arrive in the UK without documentation or with fake documents. Where the age of a person is uncertain and there are reasons to believe that the person is a child, that person is presumed to be a child in order to receive immediate access to assistance, support and protection. Where an age assessment is required, local authorities will arrange this.

Because of the circumstances these highly vulnerable children have faced, unaccompanied or trafficked children often have complex needs in addition to those faced by looked after children in the UK, more generally.

The role of a UASC foster carer

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 to live and to understand that they are not alone.

Compass Fostering already have a number of foster carers providing a safe home. We offer a generous fostering allowance and as a UASC foster carer for Compass, we will help you access resources to assist you in caring for children seeking asylum.

In the wonderful multicultural society we live in today, there are opportunities for foster carers to provide links to their wider community such as trips to the mosque and churches of all denominations. Some young people will have little or no command of the English language and we will help seek links with specialist agencies. It is important to respect their cultural beliefs and religion but ultimately shelter, protection and love is what they will need.

Read one of our carer’s experiences and advice for UASC fostering.

Who Can Care for UASC Refugees?

Our foster carers are fantastic examples of resilient people who go above and beyond for our children and young people. Each of our carers have the opportunity to train as a UASC carer, giving a child the best possible start in a new and unknown country.

A positive word, a welcoming hug, or even just a bed to get some sleep in will be a comfort to children who have often had dangerous and long journeys. Food on the table and just knowing that someone is there for them can be the life changing actions that you could offer. Each child and young person are all in need of a considerate home where they can feel safe and encouraged in their education.

UASC children are just that, children. They are vulnerable young people who need to be looked after, cared for and given a safe place to stay. Keeping a young person safe, providing them with shelter and a caring household is what they will need.

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The Facts

Countries which often feature in the ten most common places of origin of asylum seekers over recent years are are Afghanistan, Iran, Eritrea, and Pakistan. In 2020 there were substantial increases in the number of applications from Eritrea, Sudan and Syria.

The vast majority of UASC children that make it over to a country alone are 16 and over. In 2020 the age distribution of UASC applications in the UK was:
• Aged 16 and over: 78%
• Aged 14 – 15: 20%
• Aged under 14: 2%

There are also a small number of cases which are recorded as ‘age unknown’. The ‘age unknown’ category is not related to age disputed cases.

The National Transfer Scheme has been running in the UK since July 2016. The aim is to share the responsibility for looking after unaccompanied asylum seeking children between local councils. It allows for a council which has ‘more than a defined proportion of unaccompanied children to refer new arrivals to another region or council’.

What is important to remember that behind these numbers are individual children, vast numbers of them have suffered from trauma, and have ongoing mental health issues like PTSD.

Because of the circumstances these highly vulnerable children have faced, unaccompanied or trafficked children often have complex needs in addition to those faced by looked after children in the UK, more generally.

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