Could you become a carer for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people?

Published: 13th June 2022

Young boy with a family, looking over his shoulder
Foster carers receive a long service award

We're looking to recruit foster carers to meet the needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people.

Our Family Placement Team is seeking expressions of interest from people with the potential to provide the support, guidance and care needed to help these vulnerable young people become settled in the UK.

The new service is part of our commitment to supporting the increasing numbers of unaccompanied young people arriving in the country seeking asylum and resettlement, having been displaced by conflict or persecution.

The young people are predominantly aged 16 years and over and mostly come from countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Vietnam. They may have experienced a range of challenges such as being trafficked, living in a war zone or being separated from their families. They may also have been living in make-shift refugee camps or have travelled many months to get here.

As a result, they are likely to have experienced significant trauma and will require considerable support navigating the challenges of both their immigration status and resettlement into their new homes and communities.

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member Developing Our Children and Young People

“This is an extremely important and vital addition to our foster care service and it is absolutely right that we support the national humanitarian effort by doing all we can to provide any young person who is to be resettled here in the Borders with the fresh start they need.

“This is a role that will require an additional degree of sensitivity and compassion but we are keen to hear from anyone who believes they have the skills and dedication needed to give an asylum seeking or trafficked young person a safe, nurturing environment and support them through any uncertainties with their future life in Scotland. 

“I have no doubt that it will also prove to be a hugely rewarding experience for those carers and their families who are approved for the service and we look forward to hearing from anyone for whom this is of interest.”

More information

  • More information about fostering is available on our website or by contacting the Family Placement Team on 01896 662799.
  • Carers can come from all walks of life and may be single or in an enduring partnership. They will need to provide a home and support for young people aged 16-21 years and be in reasonable health and in settled circumstances. Full training will be provided and they will have access to a team of specialist social workers who will be on hand to provide support. A maintenance allowance will also be paid. Thorough checks, including a full assessment as to any applicant’s suitability will be carried out, which will involve a preparatory training course.
  • Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children are referred to the Scottish Borders by the Home Office’s National Transfer Scheme. The number of referrals is determined by the demand for placements as a result of children and young people arriving in the United Kingdom.