An unaccompanied asylum-seeking child (UASC) is a person who, at the time of making their asylum application is under 18 and is applying for asylum without an adult family to support them.

Sarah Coles has worked at Hampshire council for 24 years, first as a member of the Specialist Teacher Advisor team and latterly as EAL Consultant and Deputy Team Leader.  As part of her current role, she leads the EMTAS Specialist Teacher Advisor Team whose primary focus is working with schools to support learners of English as an Additional Language (EAL). 

We heard from Sarah in this session at the Children in Care: Improving Outcomes for Looked-After Children conference. Sarah discussed how the EMTAS at Hampshire County Council recommend schools and foster carers to best support UASC when they arrive in Hampshire.

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Hampshire is seeing the arrival of more and more unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant, Hampshire County Council about ways that schools and carers can best support these children with their integration into UK life.

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