Unaccompanied asylum seeker children

Information and resources for supporting unaccompanied asylum seeker children



Supporting UASCs through education – a handbook for professionals

The asylum process

The virtual school

Up to date information about training opportunities and booking details.
Website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/training-and-events-virtual-school

Age assessment guidance

ADCS website resources

Health needs

Templates, tools and clinical guidance developed in Kent


This site contains key documents, templates, tools and clinical guidance used in Kent (where the majority of UASC are currently living) to support the health needs of UASC.

Many of these resources have been developed by subject matter experts and are published on this website for use within Kent and to share their learning across the UK.

It also includes a helpful video about what it feels like to be a child refugee or asylum seeker in the UK from BBC’s Newsnight.



Refugee Resource

Refugee Resource aims to relieve distress, improve well-being and facilitate the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants – mainly in Oxfordshire – by providing psychological, social and practical support.

Website:  http://www.refugeeresource.org.uk/  (referral forms can be found on the website) 

Asylum Welcome

Every unaccompanied child arriving in Oxfordshire is referred here for support from the Youth Service Co-ordinator, who is a qualified social worker.

This includes:

  • Regular confidential, one-to-one appointments
  • Advice and assistance on a wide range of topics including education, training, careers, asylum support, welfare benefits and housing Help to resolve problems at school, or with peers
  • Liaising with lawyers, the Home Office and other organisations regarding asylum claims
  • Guidance on teenage issues, and referrals to appropriate services including health services
  • Assistance for young parents to find support and care in the community
  • Connecting them with leisure activities that match their interests.

Venda Youth Club for young asylum seekers and refugees, every Tuesday evening. Activities include pool, table football, films and video games. Volunteers help with homework, making CVs,  applying  for  jobs  or  finding  accommodation.  Young  people  can  practice  English  with volunteers and take part in life skills training, including sessions on HIV/AIDS and substance misuse. Masses of fresh food provided, with hot food every fortnight.

Day trips in the summer holidays, for example swimming, bowling, trips to London, to the cinema and to watch football at the Kassam Stadium.

Website:  http://www.asylum-welcome.org/ 

Volunteer Independent Visiting and Advocacy (VIVA)

Volunteer Independent Visiting and Advocacy (VIVA) is an independent service, run by
Oxfordshire County Council, providing children and young people with an independent visitor or
advocate. An independent visitor is someone who can provide a long term, confidential,
befriending relationship on a one-to-one basis with young people aged between 8 and 18 and
adults who have social care up to age 25.
An independent advocate acts as a representative or assists the young person or young adult
with getting their voice heard. Advocacy can be short-term, to assist in a few meetings or to
resolve a quick problem. However, in some cases it can become long term if the young person
wishes to have the same independent advocate in several meetings.
Volunteers are not part of social care services but commit to make a difference to children and
young people by volunteering their time with VIVA.

Attach - clinical psychologists and senior practitioners

The ATTACH team comprises clinical psychologists and senior practitioners with specialisms
in the field of attachment theory and the impact of abuse and neglect. They help
Oxfordshire children and young people, who are living away from their birth parents,
including those living in foster care, kinship care, or in adoptive families.
Website: http://oxme.info/cms/life/attach-team

British Red Cross

May be able to help you:

  • find your missing family: we can help when families are separated by armed conflict, disaster or migration
  • deliver family news: when normal means of communication breakdown, we can still send Red Cross messages to relatives. (Note: we do not send money or packages.)
  • get a certificate of detention: for people who have been visited and registered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) while detained, we may be able to provide confirmation of detention.

Website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Find-my-missing-family