Every child should be treated with fairness, dignity and respect

Under international law, the UK has a duty to offer asylum to people who flee their own countries because of a well-founded fear of persecution.

Families seeking asylum have fled wars or famines in search of a better life - and they have often faced poor health, poverty and hunger on their way to the UK. Despite their parents' best efforts, the children often suffer most and can be incredibly vulnerable.

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At Barnardo's, we:

  • run foster services for children and young people who arrive here on their own
  • help children get the healthcare and schooling they need while they are in the UK
  • give parents practical support, such as an interpreter
  • give families clothes and food

Whether they remain in the UK or not, we believe we should protect and help children seeking asylum and their families while they are going through the asylum process.

Read our report below on how we have supported young people and families fleeing the war in Ukraine and learn more about how our supporters help us to ensure every child can find a safe place to live.

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Get support as someone fleeing Ukraine

We have set up a helpline to offer advice, therapeutic support and practical guidance on living in the UK to those fleeing violence in Ukraine.

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Get support as an asylum seeker or refugee

Our BOLOH helpline offers guidance, practical support and free therapy sessions to people seeking asylum.

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How we support trafficked children

We are one of the only organisations in the UK to offer specialist support to trafficked children, offering therapeutic support for trauma and practical support to build safer lives.