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Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

UASC placements require foster carers who are able to meet their needs as does any other vulnerable child who enters the child care system. However, there is increasing intelligence that indicates many UASC exhibit additional emotional distress attributed to the many traumas suffered in their country of origin. Moreover, limited English language, a different culture and the need to survive, creates different challenges for the adults providing fostering placements for any UASC with Pathway Care

It is important that UASC placements are contained within mainstream fostering whilst recognising the additional understanding and training that are required in order to provide effective and positive placements.

At the Initial Visit stage for new applicants it is important that UASC placements are explored and any myths and stigmas are addressed. Pre-approval training will provide additional inputs which specifically consider UASC and imparts specific knowledge relating to UASC placements.

Ongoing training specific to UASC placements will be provided from within our Learning and Development team alongside working in partnership with Local Authorities to undertake joint training.

Specific links will be made with the referring local authorities’ community contacts thus enhancing cross agency support and training for this type of placement.