Guide: Types of fostering

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

We need to increase our number of approved foster carers to look after unaccompanied asylum seeking children as part of a national scheme. Some of the children and young people will need short-term emergency placements, whilst others will be looking for longer term foster care.

Most of the unaccompanied young people who are likely to need foster placements are male teenagers, aged 15 to 17 years old, and from a range of countries across the Middle East and East Africa. Most of the young people will speak little or no English when they arrive, and may have travelled for many months before arriving here.

We are asking existing and potential foster carers, as well as specialist care organisations that have relevant experience and capacity to help.

As part of this 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.

If you are interested in fostering unaccompanied asylum seeking children you will need to follow the normal application process; you can read our 5 steps to fostering here.

For those already approved to foster, please call us on 0345 155 1077 or email foster@devon.gov.uk to register your interest.