Host Family Scheme

How you can provide safe accommodation for an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child or young person.

What being a host family means

Stirling Council has a duty to help unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people in the council area. These children and young people, many of whom are over 16, need support to help them prepare for their future life in the UK.

Our Host Family Scheme is a way for people in the council area to help these unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people by giving them:

  • a safe place to stay
  • support with day-to-day tasks

Who can apply

We welcome enquiries from anyone who believes they can support a young person, and who:

  • lives in Stirling or is within travelling distance of the city
  • has a spare room

If you have relevant experience of caring for young people, this will be helpful. However, this is not essential.

What will happen when you apply

When we receive your application, we’ll:

  • take you through the process of becoming a carer
  • offer you training
  • explain what information we’ll need to assess your application

If your application is successful, you’ll get ongoing support from our social workers and partner agencies.

Request information about the scheme

To ask us about taking part in the Host Family Scheme, complete our short form.