Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
We’re extremely proud to announce our partnership with Young Devon to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children & young people throughout Devon; by using our networks, facilities & local activities to enable opportunities & establish positive connections within their communities.
Thankfully, we both have a wealth of experience in bringing people together – especially amongst those who may find themselves on the margins of society at some point or another. To expand on this, we’ll be tapping into our existing networks to create new ones, in the hope that a rich menu of opportunities is developed and made accessible; to include support with integration, making new friends, learning languages, sharing their stories
and knowing who to ask for help when they need it… the things we can sometimes take for granted!
Read our FAQ’s & find out more… Maybe you could get involved?
An asylum seeker is someone who has left their home country to seek asylum in another. Upon entering a new country they would submit an asylum application which is then up to the Government to decide if their claim meets the definition of a refugee, as below… Asylum seekers who are granted refugee status are allowed to work in the country.
The 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees defines a refugee as someone who has fled their country due to ‘a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion’.
The educational entitlement of an unaccompanied asylum seeker is the same as that of any other child or young person – they are entitled to free, full-time education & training up to the age of 18 years.
No, some asylum seekers below the age of 18 arrive in the UK with other adult members of their families. These children/young people are asylum seekers but because they are with their families, they are not classed as unaccompanied.
It depends. A lot of the young people involved are new to British culture, some individuals have more knowledge & understanding of the language than others.
If language is a barrier, we will source language interpreters.
They’re all teenagers, roughly between 13 & 19.
No. We will cover the appropriate expenses for items such as travel, fuel, and any other necessary resources. This may also include expenses like soft drinks bought whilst out & about.
No, It’s good to have good general communication skills. Lots of young people have expressed a wish to practice their English. Google translator can always help if a language is a barrier.
All over the world, there’s a broad range of nationalities that need support. This includes Iran, Sudan, Eritrea.
You would help UASC access their local community, learn British culture & offer the time for young people to practice their English.
If you are aged 18+ you can apply. We’re looking for people with all types of experience, but mostly the desire & willingness to help as you offer your time to less fortunate young people. You will be expected to carry out a full DBS check once you have had an informal interview.
At the least we would appreciate 1 hour, every 2 weeks. However, if you can offer more of your time we would be extremely grateful!