Important information for anyone interested
There is no national or local scheme enabling you to be a short term “host” family; anyone interested in caring for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) needs to be approved as a general foster carer.
Bath and North East Somerset Council, like most Local Authorities, is involved in the resettlement of UASC – young people aged under 18 who are applying for asylum in the UK and have no relatives or guardians in the country.
We will need to place a number of these young people in caring foster homes over the next couple of years. Anyone interested in caring for an UASC will need to be a fully assessed foster carer and will be expected to foster all children needing care not solely UASC.
Bath and North East Somerset Council is particularly interested in speaking to people who have considerable experience of young people with trauma and/or experience of one or more of the countries or cultures of origin that these young people are likely to come from.
If you have no specialist experience you will receive training during the assessment stage. Some new carers will foster an UASC immediately, others may take this on at a later stage as their fostering careers progress and their skills develop.
Children and young people coming to the UK as refugees will be the most traumatised children that a foster carer might look after. Think about what they may have experienced:
- Previously living in war zones
- Separation from their families
- Being trafficked across Europe at the mercy of people smugglers
- Time living in refugee camps i.e. the Jungle
- The death or injury of family and friends
- Basic needs not being met- food, shelter, clothing, warmth
- Physical and sexual assault on a regular basis
As a result of the distress and trauma experienced these young people may display challenging behaviour. They will need foster carers who have the skills needed to help them settle and begin to feel secure so that they can learn to live in the UK and begin to access the skilled help they will need to start to deal with their traumas.
Who are they and where do they come from?
- Our experience is that 95% of the young people needing foster homes are male
- Over 90% are aged 14 and over
- Most come from Afghanistan, Albania, Iraq and Eritrea with some from Syria. Others come from African countries
- Most of the younger Syrian children we see on our TV screens come to the UK with family members and will not require foster care
Despite the challenges it is a hugely rewarding task, please see our fostering pack for more information on fostering.
Contact us on:
Telephone: 01225 394949