Meeting the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children


In the year ending March 23, according to the Department of Education data, there were 7290 unaccompanied-asylum seeking children and young people in care. We know there are more who are illegally placed in hotels or incorrectly age-assessed as adults. Many of these children and young people are vulnerable and experiencing discrimination. In this open course, we will explore their legal rights, think about their needs, how these can best be met and with what support.


By the end of the day, participants will have explored:

  • Current context: data, definitions and why children leave
  • Risks to children: modern slavery, exploitation and child trafficking
  • Legal context: Nationality and Borders Act 2022, Illegal Migration Act 2023 and Children Act 1989
  • Age assessment: process and best practice considerations
  • Local authority responsibilities and social work role: cultural competence and anti-racism, care and pathway planning, specialist legal advice and asylum process
  • Meeting the needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: physical care and health needs, emotional, social and educational needs
  • Fostering role: support and training needs of foster carers


Jo Woolf, Associate Trainer, CoramBAAF.

Jo has been working with children and families for over 25 years, in local authority and community nurseries, as a social worker, as a psychotherapist and as a trainer/ consultant. She delivers training around the country and internationally to staff in local authorities, voluntary organisations, governments and for foster carers and adopters.

Training topics Jo delivers include: All aspects of safeguarding; attachment and secure base; trauma and addictions; children's rights; equality, diversity and identity and the needs of the child in care.


Children’s social workers who are supporting unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, supervising social workers who are supporting foster carers or social workers supporting supported-lodgings carers caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

It will also be relevant for looked after children nurses and other health professionals, advocates working with children in care, and any other professionals working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

On open courses we can accommodate a maximum of four delegates from one organisation only. For a larger group booking, please see the information on commissioned training.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

Total of 22 places.



Caring for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people: FULL SERIES

Author: Eileen Fursland 

This booklet series provides information for foster carers and residential workers who are, or who will be, looking after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people. An introductory booklet explores why these children may have become refugees, what their experiences may have been on their journeys and what they need now from their carers. Accompanying booklets provide specific information on countries children may have originated from: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Sudan and Vietnam



Registration 9.45am*
Start  10.00am*  
Close  4.00pm* 

 *Times subject to change


Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £158.00 + £31.60 VAT = £189.60
Individual CoramBAAF member - £120.00 + £24.00 VAT = £144.00
Non-member - £220.00 + £44.00 VAT = £264.00


Telephone 020 7520 0310



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