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 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 Always Heard helpline for any children or young people who call us who do not have English as their first language.
Coram Voice has provided specialist advocacy for young refugees and migrants for over 10 years. We do this 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.
Coram Voice works closely with Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s Migrant Children’s Project to ensure that we promote the voice of this group of young people and support them with the best possible services.
Who to contact
You can also contact the Migrant Children's Project Advice Line 0207 636 8505 (Tues - Thurs 10am - 4pm) at the Coram Children’s Legal Centre www.childrenslegalcentre.com.