Families needed to foster 90 children who have fled war zones and persecution
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 January 2017
Ninety vulnerable children who have fled from war zones and persecution in search of a better life will be given new homes in Somerset.
The youngsters, 30 of which will live in North Somerset, will be arriving as part of the Government’s Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children resettlement scheme.
The project is for young people under the age of 18 who are applying for asylum and have no relative or guardian in the country.
Eight children have already arrived in Somerset from Afghanistan and Eritrea, where people are at great risk of persecution, and five were already in the country after living in camps in Northern Europe.
Some children are also already living in North Somerset.
Local authorities have been asked to take 0.07 per cent of its child population, which is how it has been decided North Somerset will take 30 children.
It is expected that once an authority reached the 0.07 per cent, the child will be transferred to another part of the country which has not yet reached that figure. They will either be fostered or placed into supported accommodation.
A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We would urge anyone who feels they can provide a home for these children to visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fostering or ring 01275 888999 for more information.
“We are looking to recruit foster carers and supporting lodgings hosts to care for these young people and provide a loving home.
“This is a great opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of these children.”
The council has also been trying to find homes for three families who have fled the civil war and terrorist threat of Isis in Syria.