Place to Call Home

18 November 2020

Place to Call Home is a regional partnership project to recruit foster cares and supported lodging providers across the East Midlands for unaccompanied asylum seeking children, funded by a grant from the government’s Controlling Migration Fund. All of the nine county and unitary authorities in the East Midlands are committed to providing the best possible care to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving into the region, whether through spontaneous arrival or planned transfer under the National Transfer Scheme (NTS) or UK Resettlement Scheme. This care includes safe reception, appropriate accommodation, and effective and culturally-informed support around asylum, education, health, and integration with the local communities where the unaccompanied children are living.  

Appropriate and available foster care placements are crucial to the provision of the best care to unaccompanied children under 16 years old. Supported Lodgings provide a useful alternative accommodation option for older unaccompanied children for whom greater independence is desirable whilst remaining in a supportive family setting. 

The project is led by Leicestershire County Council with support from East Midlands Councils and is a partnership of all nine upper tier local authorities in the region that have a statutory responsibility for those children in the care system and is live for 12 months from the 1st October.

To find out more information, visit their website here or on facebook here.

For any further details, please contact EMSMP’s Programme Officer, Hannah Smith. Hannah.Smith@emcouncils.gov.uk