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More carers needed for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

02 November 2022

An appeal has been launched to find more Foster Carers for unaccompanied children who are seeking asylum in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fostering Service urgently needs carers to meet the needs of children and young people who are often forced to leave their family and country behind to seek protection from violence, persecution, war, detention, climate change, terrorism, or the disappearance of their family.

When unaccompanied minors arrive in the UK, they’re looked after by the local authority who will safeguard them and promote their welfare.

They frequently take long and dangerous journeys alone, or are trafficked in circumstances unknown to them, arriving at their destination feeling confused, alone, and disorientated.

Unaccompanied minors are also likely to have different cultural, religious, family and language experiences. Foster Carers support unaccompanied minors to maintain their cultural and religious identity while helping them integrate into a community in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough.

By becoming a part of the Local Authority’s Fostering Community, you can help us to guide vulnerable children and young people through their early years and play a central role in supporting children and young people to heal, and develop into happy, healthy adults who have a bright future.

You will become part of a large local network of empathetic, compassionate Foster Carers who really make a difference to children and young people in care. Our not-for-profit Local Authority Fostering Service offers specialist training which focuses on caring for unaccompanied minors, and its qualified team are on hand to support you and provide all the guidance you need.

If you’re passionate about making a difference to young lives, and are at least 21 years-old, have a spare bedroom and be a full-time resident in the UK we want to hear from you.

Councillor Bryony Goodliffe, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “Fostering is a really rewarding role which makes a massive difference to vulnerable children and young people. It literally changes lives. Fostering for your Local Authority provides the best possible start to your journey as a Foster Carer, and the need for people to look after unaccompanied minors is crucial right now.”

If you are interested in Fostering and Adoption for unaccompanied minors and want to find out more, please get in touch: · Visit: cambridgeshire.gov.uk/fostering · Email: fostering@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

· Call: 0800 052 0078