Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

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Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC)

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children or  UASC are children who have fled their country of origin without the care or protection of their parents.

They are forced to leave their family and country behind to seek protection from violence, persecution, war, detention, climate change, terrorism or the disappearance of family.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children take long and dangerous journeys alone, or are trafficked in circumstances unknown to them; arriving at their destination feeling confused, alone and disorientated.

UK might not be the intended destination for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

For many children, the UK might not be their intended destination when they start their journey. Most Look to settle in their neighbouring countries.

Children who arrive in the UK are taken into the care of the local authority.

If it is not possible to trace a suitable family member or guardian to care for them, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are placed in foster care or supported lodgings accommodation.

Carers provide unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with a place of safety and a welcoming home while their individual case to remain in the UK is considered by the Home Office.

The unique experiences of 

unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

The unique experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and the associated trauma related to their displacement will be important considerations for carers in their day to day care.

In addition to this, carers will also need to support the children through the process of applying to the Home Office for permission to stay in the UK and the uncertainty regarding their outcomes while this process is taking place.

Carers are likely to be asked to accompany children and young people to their immigration meetings and arrange legal support. Children and young people will also need help to access education, support to practice their faith or religious persuasion, make important links within the local community and support with day-to-day living. Helping children to learn English is an important part of the role, as well as support with their emotional well-being.

“There are many challenges involved in this type of fostering. However, our foster carers tell us that it is also extremely rewarding.”

Could you become a foster carer for 

unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

Cheshire East does not have enough foster carers to meet the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. This is especially saddening when we know that all children achieve the most effective outcomes in family-based care.

We are keen to further develop our offer of specialist training to all carers regarding the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Foster carers also have their own supervising social worker or support worker to support everyone in the fostering household.

We work in partnership with voluntary and community-based agencies who can offer advice and guidance and foster carers will also be able to attend regular support groups where carers can share experiences, learn from one another and have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers.

For more information and to register your interest in supporting an asylum-seeking child, complete our Fostering with Cheshire East enquiry form