Fostering unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the UK

There are many reasons why a child or young person may seek asylum in the UK feel that they are no longer safe in their home country. War, oppression and civil unrest can create situations in which many children may fear for their lives.

Children seeking asylum may have experienced persecution or harassment for aspects of their identity such as: their political views, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic group. Many will have experienced trauma as a result of this and some may also have been exploited during their journey to the UK. 

Children who come to the UK to seek asylum without their parents, carers or adult family members to look after them, will usually go into the care of their nearest public authority to where they enter the country and often live with foster carers.

Below are a collection of resources for foster carers looking after children and young people seeking asylum in the UK.

Information and advice for fostering children and young people seeking asylum

Funded by The Welsh Government, The Fostering Network in Wales has published Could I foster? – your chance to make a real difference to children in Wales.

This free online guide on how to become a foster carer has an additional focus on encouraging more people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to come forward. It also features a section on fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to encourage carers, existing and new, to support these young people.

Could I Foster? (English)

Could i Foster? (Cymraeg)

Web resources

Looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

How foster carers can help unaccompanied children seeking asylum


The Refugee council

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children

Lucy Stevens - a foster carer and a fostering service recruitment and placements manager, who has looked after a child from Afghanistan

  1. A child arrives from overseas
  2. The big screen
  3. Hitting the wall
  4. Mountains to molehills
  5. The interview
  6. Love and kindness is never wasted: Fostering an unaccompanied asylum seeking child
  7. Silk (poem)
  8. What about the kids?
  9. Shades of grey
  10. Moon landing (part 1)
  11. Moon landing (part 2)
  12. A leap of faith
  13. Obscured from view