We provide direct services to unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC), and can offer advice to other teams who are dealing with clients who have asylum/immigration issues.
Many unaccompanied asylum seeking children who arrive in the UK have experienced a lot of physical and mental hardship. Most have lost their homes, families, schools, and friends. Some children have witnessed horrific events, been trafficked into the country, and have spent months hiding and even been tortured.
We have a duty to look after these UASC under the Children Act 1989 (Sections 17, 20, 23, and 24) and the Leaving Care Act 2000. We support the young people to engage in learning, training, and employment. The team also assists them in achieving their full potential, integrating into the community, and making a smooth transition to independent living.
The support young asylum seekers receive from us varies according to individual needs and age of the children. Generally, children under age 16 are placed in foster care, 16-18 year olds live in supported housing or semi-independent living situations, and 18 – 21 year olds (up to age 24 if in full time education) live independently (in shared accommodation).
Central to the team’s service is providing accommodation, subsistence, and education incentive money to those qualified and under our care. Our duties continue until the young person reaches the age of 21, unless they are in full time education, and then may be supported until age 24 dependent upon their agreed plan. Asylum and immigration laws change frequently, so the support offered can change with new legislation.
We are available:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 1pm to 5pm
Friday 9am - 4.45pm
Leaving Care and Unaccompanied Minors Services
8 School Road
Telephone 020 8583 3578, 020 8583 3348, 020 8583 7347
Fax 020 8583 3623