This series of pamphlets was recommended to me recently as country-specific resource for those fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. They can be ordered from the CoramBAAF website.
Even before the UK Government’s announcement to accept up to 20,000 refugees by 2020 there was a need for the Church to be more fully informed about the issue of unaccompanied minors in the UK care system. In the year ending June 2015, for example, Government statistics say that they received 2,168 asylum applications from unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. This was up 46% on the previous year and accounted for 8% of all asylum applications for the year ending June 2015.
If you want to register interest in fostering an unaccompanied refugee child please visit Home for Good’s response page.
If you live in or near Gloucester why not contact Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers to find out how you can support their vital work.
Here is the blurb for the pamphlet series. Why not buy a series for your Church?
A series of pamphlets aimed at foster carers looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people, consisting of an introductory booklet and six titles that focus on young people coming from Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Somalia and Iraq.
Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people have been through difficult and sometimes horrific experiences in their home countries and in their journeys to escape. They have lost their home and family or had to leave them behind to seek refuge in the UK and, through no fault of their own, find themselves alone and in need of care and protection.
These pamphlets aim to help foster carers and others learn about the circumstances these children have experienced, the effect of traumatic events on these young people, what their needs are likely to be, what issues are important for them now, and how they can help these young people cope with the profound changes in their young lives. Caring for these displaced young people is not an easy task, given the disruption and trauma they have suffered. Foster carers and residential care workers looking after these young people will find themselves playing a key role in their life and future.
The introductory booklet provides an overview of the following issues: why these young people seek asylum; leaving home and travelling to the UK; what happens when they arrive; welcoming a child into your home; the child’s emotional and psychological well-being; health and disability; meeting the child’s religious and cultural needs; education and language; building trust and resilience; and much more. A list of useful organisations is also provided.
The country-specific pamphlets provide more detailed information about the religions, culture, food and family life that children and young people may be accustomed to. They will enable foster carers to understand more about a child’s background, welcome them and help them to feel more at home. Each pamphlet also contains a recipe from the country of origin, and points to various networking groups, organisations and websites from which foster carers can get more information.