The role of carers is critical to ensuring the health and wellbeing of Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHM), due to the absence of their parents.
The program's involvement with non-ward clients is based on the principle that children are best cared for by their parents. However, when this is not possible, they are best cared for by close relatives.
Generally, the relative will be from the same culture and speak the same language, understand the child and/or young person’s family history, and often have a similar refugee experience to that experienced by the child/young person.
Carers can also come from the child or young person’s kinship networks such as:
- Extended family
- Members of the relevant cultural community
- Friends and others known to the child or young person
- Alternative carers such as foster carers.
If you would like to become a carer of a young person, please contact the Refugee Minor Program team.
How the Refugee Minor Program assists carers
The program provides carers with support that helps them to meet the needs children in their care.
Case managers support carers by:
- Listening to their concerns
- Assisting them to understand how to access their entitlements
- Linking them to relevant services
- Referring them to counsellors, if required
- Helping them understand and cope with any difficult behaviour from the young person
- Help them deal with their own healing needs.
A carer's experience
Prisca cares for 3 young people as well as her own, 4 children. She shares her experience of how she came to care for these 3 children.