Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children & Young People2020-11-09T13:13:16+00:00

Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children

We partnered with supporting 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 had wealth of experience in bringing people together – especially amongst those who found themselves on the margins of society at some point or another. To expand on this, we tapped into our existing networks to create new ones, in the hope that a rich menu of opportunities was 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 needed it… the things we can sometimes take for granted!

Read our FAQ’s & find out more…

What does the term ‘asylum seeker’ really mean?2019-02-22T12:38:44+00:00

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’.

Are UASC entitled to education?2019-02-22T12:22:36+00:00

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.

Are all asylum seekers unaccompanied?2019-02-22T12:13:56+00:00

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.

Are young people involved capable of speaking English?2018-11-21T16:31:20+00:00

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.

How old are they?2018-11-21T16:56:31+00:00

They’re all teenagers, roughly between 13 & 19.

Would it cost me anything?2018-11-21T17:02:17+00:00

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.

Do I have to speak another language?2018-11-21T16:04:47+00:00

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.

Where are the UASC from?2018-10-15T11:32:02+01:00

All over the world, there’s a broad range of nationalities that need support. This includes Iran, Sudan, Eritrea.

What sort of thing would I be doing?2018-11-21T16:06:18+00:00

You would help UASC access their local community, learn British culture & offer the time for young people to practice their English.

Can anyone volunteer?2018-11-21T16:06:27+00:00

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.

How much time will volunteers need to give?2018-11-21T16:06:37+00:00

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!

How can prospective volunteers get involved?2018-11-21T16:07:00+00:00

Simply email Karina (karina.jones@youngdevon.org) at Young Devon with your interest & she will send you an application form to complete.

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Interested in volunteering?

In terms of structure, there are several streams to the project. For example;

Recruiting Volunteers: Young Devon took the lead to find & train the volunteers that supported UASC in linking with communities (we already had 17 Volunteers in training).
Community Groups: Space* reached out to link with community groups & businesses to enable further opportunities throughout the delivery of the project.
Awareness Raising: Space* were going out into communities to raise awareness of the project, the young people involved & our aims!
The Steering Group: All of this was led via a steering group that is currently being put together. It involved foster carers as well as the young people of the project to help shape the programme best suited for UASC.

Meet the UASC PROJECT team

SimonProject Lead
JamesSenior Youth Support Worker & Community Engagement Coordinator
KarinaVolunteer Coordinator

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