Guide: Types of fostering
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children
We urgently need more foster carers to look after unaccompanied asylum seeking children as part of the National Transfer Scheme. Some of the children and young people need short-term emergency placements, whilst others will be looking for longer term foster care.
To date the majority of young people needing foster care are male teenagers, aged 14 to 17 years old, and from a range of countries across the Middle East and East Africa. Most speak little or no English, may have travelled for many months before arriving here and will have experienced traumatic events.
We’re looking for foster carers who are highly resilient, patient & understanding. Part of the role is to prepare these young people for independent living and support their emotional, language and cultural needs. We’ll help support you with specialist training, and links to volunteers with skills to help the young people integrate.
If you are interested in fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people you will need to follow the normal application process; you can read our steps to fostering here.
We have specialist guidance for carers supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children. It covers topics from mental health to education and includes a directory of services including places of worship, shopping and eating, and support organisations in Devon.
The Department for Education has published further in-depth guidance, ‘Safeguarding Strategy for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking and Refugee Children‘ and the Penny Appeal offers an Islamic guide to fostering.
As part of our recruitment we are also looking to increase the number of host families in the Devon Young People’s Accommodation Service (DYPAS), which provides safe environments for vulnerable young people aged 16 plus, helping them to develop independent living skills as they move into adulthood.