When were you first allowed to go to the local shop on your own or walk to school without a parent or carer?

Many of the young people that ICN looks after have faced high levels of vulnerability and trauma. Whether it be separation from family and friends, experiencing a new culture, or having witnessed scenes that no child should ever see.

Choolip’s story is typical to the experiences of children seeking asylum alone. Separated from his parents and caregivers, he was forced to flee his home country; all before he would have been old enough to get a driving licence in the UK.

Watch his story below.


children sought asylum in the UK In 2017.


Top countries of origin include Eritrea, Sudan, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Iraq, Iran, Albania and Ethiopia.


are young men.

Just over 2000 children sought asylum in the UK in 2017. About half of these will be granted refugee status. ICN support a small number of young men, typically 13, from countries such Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Eritrea.

We support in two main ways:

  • Enabling young people to wait for an asylum decision
  • Promoting their integration into UK society.

In terms of helping young people to wait for a Home Office decision, for sometimes up to 3 years, we provide safe and supportive family or semi-independent accommodation and walk alongside young people, as parents would, at health and immigration appointments and attendance at school, college or ICN.

In terms of promoting integration, ICN partner in a number of projects including music therapy with Nordoff Robbins, art therapy and even playing in a local football league.


For more information

Please contact Stephen Foster on 07838 223905 or email him at s.foster@icn.org.uk 



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