Occasionally, we take young people into care who may have come from another country and are looking to seek asylum in the UK. They will likely be in their mid to late teens, but this is not exclusive. They will not always speak English and may have experienced trauma or persecution.
There are two ways you may help provide support and accommodation to these children and that is through a fostering placement for the younger children who may be seeking asylum or through our supported lodgings scheme.
Fostering or providing supported lodgings for an asylum-seeking child or young person requires cultural sensitivity and an understanding that they will likely face barriers other children in care do not face.
They may not speak English, will often have no identification, and will require access to education which we will help you with.
It is also likely we, as children’s social care, will not know a huge amount about their backgrounds, how they came to this country or even their name and date of birth. It can also mean, while we try and gather more details about them, we will not be able to provide guarantees of how long they will be in your care.
Like all foster or supported lodgings care, patience, compassion and empathy are essential when considering accommodating asylum-seeking young people. We provide you with a lot of support and training.
For the moment, we are experiencing an increase in the need to accommodate children who are unaccompanied asylum seekers, but, with the right training, support and carer, we have had very successful outcomes for these young people.