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Provide supported care for separated children in Dundee

Could you welcome a separated child (an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child) into your safe and supportive home environment? Could you help them settle into life in Scotland and prepare for independent living?

The young person will usually be around 16 to 17 years old and may have faced a perilous journey to the UK to escape war, violence, persecution or famine. They may be seeking to reunite with family or to find education or employment opportunities. The young people arriving are vulnerable due to separation from their family, the reasons for their migration and difficult and traumatic events they may have experienced while travelling.

We are working in partnership with Dundee City Council to use our experience of supporting foster carers and supported lodgings carers, to provide family-based care for young people who need nurture and support as they prepare for independent living. If you think your family has the capacity to care, we want to hear from you.

You will need to

  • Live in Dundee
  • Be over the age of 21
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be committed to supporting a young person beginning a new chapter of life in Scotland

We welcome single people, married people, people who are part of a partnership, people from any ethnic group or culture. You can be a full-time carer, or continue in your current education or employment.

You will receive

  • The rewarding experience of making a difference to a young person who has experienced significant hardship.
  • Training and 24/7 support from an organisation that has been caring for young people for over 200 years.
  • A weekly fee to assist with living costs and recognise your commitment to helping a vulnerable young person.

The process

  1. We will assess your family’s suitability, which will include safer caring checks.
  2. We will provide training in child protection, adult protection, safer caring, trauma and migrant children.
  3. Your approval will be subject to our Approval Panel decision.
  4. You will be allocated a Supervising Social Worker to support you and your family.
  5. You will be matched with a young person when they arrive in Dundee.
  6. You will work with the young person and Local Authority Social Work team to implement the Child’s Plan. You will have input from other agencies like education or community nursing, if needed.
  7. You will have regular supervision with your Supervising Social Worker, input from our support workers where needed, access to all our training and development opportunities and invitations to community events.
  8. To support you, your registration will be reviewed annually by our Approval Panel.

To apply

** Submit an Initial Enquiry Form ** (Opens in new tab)

For more information, email info@carolina.org.uk or call 01382 561279.

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