Young refugees hope for bright future, adolescenceThe Separated Child Foundation works to support unaccompanied children refugees in the UK and help them fulfil their potential.

Our vision

is to ensure that every separated refugee child in the UK gets the support they need.

Our mission

is to inspire good treatment of every separated child in the UK so that they:-

• Are seen as a person first—rather than a migrant
• Have opportunities to achieve their full potential
• Have their needs—physical, social, emotional and developmental—met
• Have those needs met in relation to each other and not in isolation
• Are listened to with respect and involved in the provision of services to address their needs
• Have their experiences acknowledged and validated
• Are seen as a unique individual
• Have responsible and caring people to whom they may turn
• Receive accurate information, and appropriate advice, guidance and support throughout their time here
• Above all else, feel safe, secure and loved

Our values

Put separated children at the centre of what we do

We’re committed to increasing our focus on listening to separated children and other organisations that support them so that we can respond quickly to their changing needs. Our measures to ensure child safeguarding are robust and applied vigorously.

Coordinating and collaborating with others

We work collaboratively with other charities, local authorities, NGOs, institutions and other partners to make a difference for children using our combined strengths.

Ethical fundraising

We’re committed to ethical fundraising, ensuring that all donations received further our mission, and that our sources and means of generating income do not conflict with our values or affect our independence.

Responsible resource allocation

We’re committed to ensuring our income is used efficiently, effectively and responsibly, by making every pound count.


We’re committed to transparency and honesty about who we are and what we do. This means providing clear and relevant information and making it easier for people to engage with our work and get in touch. 

Supporting and enabling our volunteers

We’re committed to engaging and supporting our volunteers while cultivating a safe and respectful environment where they recognise each other’s contribution.

Our inspiration

Ester GluckThe Separated Child Foundation was set up in memory of Ester Gluck  Compassionate and creative, Ester was deeply committed to working for the benefit of refugees and people seeking asylum. In particular, she cared about the needs of young refugees, especially those who have become separated from their parents and close family. Ester Gluck was born on 26 April 1982 and died on 27 September 2006 at the age of 24.