A separated child seeking asylum is a young person, under the age of 18, who has travelled to the UK on their own, seeking a safe place to live.

A refugee is a person who has fled from another part of the world and is legally entitled to live in the UK.


What is our most pressing need?

We need accommodation, in nurturing homes, to support these 16-18 year old children while their asylum claim processes through the system.

These ‘supported lodgings’ prepare vulnerable young asylum seekers for life within the UK. Supported by ICN and a social worker, our carers provide the guidance and home atmosphere to enable young people seeking asylum to begin their lives again.

If you think you could offer the stability and care that these teenagers need, we’d really like to hear from you.

Carers are paid £140 per week per child (to include food).


How to become a carer

There are 4 steps in the process:

Face to face meeting

For our first meeting, we like to come and visit you in your home. This gives you the opportunity to chat with us in a relaxed environment and find out more about what the role entails.


Assessment Form

Next, you complete our assessment form. You can see what it looks like by downloading the form below. Normally, we will follow up your answers in person.


DBS and references

You will be asked to complete a mandatory DBS check and provide details of 2 referees who can vouch for your suitability as a carer.



Once you have been approved we then look to match you with a young person seeking asylum.


For more information please see our Supported Lodgings Information Document here: Becoming a supported lodgings carer for asylum seeking children with ICN



Any questions

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


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