Information on important things to know about looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people (UASC).

Emotional Health

Where can I find help?

There are a numer of resources that can help UASC young people and children and their carers:

UASC Mental Health Assessment Pilot Project

The aim of the project is to enable the network around the child the young person to have a clearer understanding of the emotional and mental health needs of that child/young person at the earliest opportunity when they first come to the attention of the UASC team. It will include al UASC children aged 17 years and younger. The aim is for young people not to have to meet new people in order to complete the assessment if possible. This means that this assessment differs from other types of mental health assessments which require the young people to meet someone new, often in an unfamiliar setting.

The assessment will involve people who already know the young person and foster carers will be key to this. The mental health staff will support professionals to gain a better understanding of the young person’s needs. This is a relational based way of working which ensures that the assessment happens alongside people the young person trusts. The aim is to develop an individualised care plan with the chid/young person in order to identify a range of approaches and strategies to support the emotional wellbeing of the young person. This is called a Wellbeing Plan and will be incorporated into their care plan, held by the team around the child and regularly reviewed.

For further information please speak to the child/young persons social worker and your SSW.

The Fostering Service

We can provide sleep packs for young people – ask your Supervising Social Worker. 

The Sleep Project run by Christ Church University of Kent 

May be helpful for young people experiencing difficultires; please click here for information.

The Separated Children Project

Runs a number of projects aimed at providing emotional, social, financial and physical support to separated children and young People in Britain up to the age of 21.

Refugee Radio’s Mental Health Group

For refugees and asylum seekers.  New people can join This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 01273 234868.


There are a number of resources that can help, please click the links below to download:


Health information is available from the Kent UASC Project Team and includes guidance and resources for foster carers and young people.

Working, Volunteering and NI

Coram CLC have produced a factsheet called Working, Volenteering and NI Numbers which is a recommended resource for young people.

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Support for leaving care

Click here to download the Coram Children's Legal Centre fact sheet: Leaving care support for migrant children and young people

Covid 19 advice

Please click here to access UASC advice on Covid 19 in a number of languages.

Social Distancing

if your young person is not able to read the information that can be downloaded in their language (see health link) or has difficulty in understanding it, please discuss this with their social worker who will arrange to go through it with them with an interpreter.

Non Compliance with social distancing

this is a common theme amongst a number of our teenage placements at present not just UASC. If a young person fails to comply with the guidelines, please raise this with your SSW and the young person’s social worker, as this could jeopardise the placement. If you are willing or able for them to self-isolate in your home – then a safety plan will be put in place. If not then the young person may need to move to alternative accommodation. Their social worker will explain this to them.


As children with a social worker, UASC are entitled to continue to go to school/college. However, current guidance is that carers only send them in exceptional circumstances e.g. when placements are at risk of disrupting.

We are aware that in some cases UASC are not being sent relevant work that they can do at home. This is being looked into as are other resources for carers/young people but in the meantime you may find the following helpful:

  1. Duolingo App - free to download
  2. The Global Youth Club run by the Hummngbird Project has some provision for online learning. Email Mick Taylor:

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ESOL resources to use at home

Please click here to download some helpful materials.

Learning resources

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The School Bus project which has experience of working with young refugees in the camps and may be able to signpost online resources.

CrisisClassroom  which also has wide experience of working with young refugees and may have helpful ideas and links

A couple of links to online courses are -

Brighton Met College

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  they are supporting a number of UASC 16-19 years old in the ESOL programmes. They are happy to work with carers to share ESOL resources as well as their teaching expertise. They are using google classroom as a teaching tool as well as some 1:1 contact with those who are finding this difficult.


The ESOL teachers are teaching online to students daily. At the moment they are using Microsoft Teams. They have contacted students direct and have also tried to get hold of carers as well.

Radio Garden

Provides various radio stations from around the world in multiple languages.

St Michaels Eritrean Church in London

Many of our young people from Eritrea attend St Michaels Eritrean church in London. They will be running virtual services. Further details are on their website:


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