The government recognises the vital role of foster carers in looking after unaccompanied children. Any prospective foster carer must be assessed and approved by an Ofsted registered fostering agency or local authority. The government’s Controlling Migration Fund has provided over £3.7 million funding to 15 local authorities who asked for funding to recruit and train foster carers for unaccompanied asylum seeking children. The Department for Education has also commissioned training places for 1000 foster carers of unaccompanied children.
As the community sponsorship scheme is designed to enable local community groups to directly welcome and support resettled refugee families and not unaccompanied children under the Vulnerable Persons and Children’s Resettlement schemes, no link to approved foster carers of unaccompanied children has been made by central government.