Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) is a person under the age of 18 years old who is applying for asylum, and is separated from both parents, and are not in the care of a guardian.
There are many reasons why children and young people might need to leave their own country including war, persecution, natural disasters and oppression. Families can be targeted because of their religious beliefs, sexuality or ethnicity and forced to leave their home for their own safety. Children and young people can sometimes be separated from parents or orphaned during the journey to a safer destination. They still have the same needs that other children who aren't UASC.
Children require stability and security to build resilience in their new environment, as it can often be a culture shock for them, as they are often very much alone, so with extra support needed to promote a child's culture, language and identity, enabling them to develop.
The majority are boys and come from various countries though recently the main ones have been Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, Syria, and Vietnam.
UASC have the right to a school place, they need access to medical appointments and counselling services, as well as a safe and stable household.
Under age of 16
Foster carers have an important part to play in supporting young refugees through the asylum process; from helping with practical issues such as ensuring young people are supported to attend meetings and interviews, working with solicitors, and the Home Office, to emotional support for children and young people going through the asylum system, which is extremely stressful.
You are providing the young people with safety, support, and a chance to recover from trauma they experienced in their past. In turn, this will give the young people the necessary tools to develop, and take on the challenges that lie ahead.
16 - 21 year olds
If you decide to care for an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) you would normally be approved for Supported Lodgings.
Supported lodgings is an alternative to foster care and involves you being assessed as a host for a vulnerable young person. It offers young people from age 16-21 a stable environment to support their development of practical skills and emotional stability needed to make the transition to independent living, whilst still having support from an adult. You would be expected to support the young person to access education, or training, and also to support them with any immigration or legal appointments.
Your home can be large or small, old or new, rented or owned. We do have expectations about what sort of home young people should have. For example, we expect a clean and safe bedroom for the young person to use.
If you could offer safety and stability to an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child, please get in touch today.
For more information please fill out our Contact us form, or call 0800 955 5311.