Professional Zone

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

“The duty social worker told me to call Coram Voice. He said here is the number - these people can do something for you. He knew I was entitled to support but I needed someone who would help me to get it.”
Tariq, 16

Tariq, 16 was referred to Coram Voice.

Young refugees and asylum seekers are one of the most vulnerable groups of children and young people in care; this is due to their experience of war and conflict as well as coming to a new environment, usually unable to speak English. We provide individual advocacy for refugees and asylum seeking children and young people who have applied for asylum on their own. Young refugees and children arrive in the UK without their parents and they do not have anyone to look after them in this country. Children's Services have a responsibility to look after them under the Children Act 1989.

Coram Voice offers an interpreting service on our helpline for any children or young people who call us who do not have English as their first language. This service is available from 9.30am - 6pm, Monday to Friday.

The post of Specialist advocate for young refugees and asylum seekers has been in existence for over 7 years. The specialist advocate is taking the lead on issues related to young refugees and asylum seekers by:

  1. Advocating for individuals and representing their wishes and feelings to Children's Services.
  2. Providing advice and consultation to young people, advocates and other professionals
  3. Providing specialist training related to this area of work.

The young refugees steering group meets every 10 weeks to discuss issues affecting young refugees and asylum seekers and changes to law and regulations. The specialist advocate also works closely with Coram Voice's policy team on issues related to unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Coram Voice is also a member of the Refugee Children’s Consortium.

Who to contact

Afsana Aramesh, Specialist Advocate for Young Asylum Seekers & Refugees, can be contacted by calling freephone 0808 800 5792 or via email at afsana.aramesh@coramvoice.org.uk

Find out more about our specialist training.

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