Priory Fostering Services has been providing foster care placements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) since February 2009. Due to conflict and oppression in their own countries, we have seen a substantial increase in the number of refugee children claiming asylum in the UK in recent years.
The majority of the young people placed with us are teenagers from war-torn countries including Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. It is likely that younger children and sibling groups from Syria may also soon be seeking foster homes in the UK.
Supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children
We received our first UASC placement at Priory Fostering Services seven years ago. Through expert training for our foster carers, combined with the children’s remarkable abilities to learn English, this ensured that they quickly settled in the UK and began to make good progress.
There are many potential advantages of caring for UASC children including:
- The children can quickly develop warm relationships with their carers
- They have often been well cared for by their own parents and are used to house rules and boundaries
- Good school attendance and a desire to learn
- Strong work ethic
- The children will often keep in contact as young adults living independently within the community
To read a recent story from current carers at Priory Fostering Services who share their experiences supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children, please click here.
Expert training for our foster carers
The main cultural differences between our foster carers and the overseas children we support are religion, language and diet. Training is provided to help our foster carers manage the child’s specific needs including:
- Praying within the family home
- Access to a mosque if required
- Awareness of religious practices and celebrations
- Special dietary requirements
Why should you become a foster carer with us?
When you become a foster carer with Priory Fostering Services, you become part of a dedicated team, passionate about giving young people from the UK and overseas what they need to reach their potential.
In return for becoming one of our foster carers, we will ensure you get the best support from us so you can flourish in your new role including:
- A generous financial package
- Fantastic training and guidance with 24 hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
- Regular visits from your very own dedicated and experienced social worker
- Fun social activities and locally based support groups
- Plus many additional benefits
For more information
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, or would like more information on the training and support that we provide, then please get in touch by calling us on 01684 560 333.