Housing and support is required for dozens of children aged 16 and 17 who will often have experienced trauma and loss and need supported lodgings.
Issuing an appeal, Cornwall Council has said many will have made enormous sacrifices to reach a place of safety in the UK and that it has a responsibility to provide support and plans to meet the needs of as many as 76 of the children in 2022. It has said previously that 23 are expected to be here by the end of January.
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As a result the council is welcoming expressions of interest from people from all backgrounds (you can be married, single or in a partnership, from all ethnic groups and cultures) who would like to help.
The requirements needed from those coming forward are:
- a spare room available (and permission from your landlord or housing provider if living in rented accommodation)
- the ability to provide support to a child or young person
- preferably, relevant experience or skills in providing guidance for young people (although previous experience is not essential).
Cornwall Council says that financial assistance, expert advice, support and training will be provided to people who are able to help, to make sure that this is a positive experience for you and for the child.
Councillor Barbara Ellenbroek, portfolio holder for children and families, said: “Cornwall Council is working proactively to ensure that we can offer safe homes to children and young people who arrive unaccompanied, to welcome them to Cornwall and help them recover from their experiences and thrive.
“As with any child, these young people need safe and supportive environments to help them prepare to lead independent lives and make a positive contribution to our communities.”
To find out more about how you can support these children, contact Nicola Penfold at Together for Families by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01872 326700.
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