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Working with children, young people and families in migration

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Working with children, young people and families in migration: conflicts, dilemmas and new approaches to promoting wellbeing

The challenges and conflicts facing migrant and refugee children and young people are immense. Whilst the urgency of the issue in current contexts is often stated, practitioners working in this area are often involved in highly conflictual and contradictory situations. However, a significant number of practitioners, and organisations are involved in delivering services to meet the needs of these children and young people, both at the point of migration and in the longer term; these focus on practical, educational and safeguarding and promoting health and well-being.

This public seminar will hear contributions from three speakers, who will each address the topic from their perspectives of their practice and expertise; this will be followed by an open discussion.

Dr Ana Draper The need for an early intervention framework that supports the emotional health and wellbeing of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK

What are the emotional health and wellbeing needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking children? How do we understand their needs and what are the early interventions that will protect their resilience to not only the experiences had when in the place from which they fled, in the journey they have made, but also in the asylum process when arriving here in the UK.

Dr Ana Draper is a clinical lead and consultant systemic psychotherapist who is employed by Coram and the Tavistock to support clinicians working with unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Ana was born and raised until aged 10 in Ecuador and has written and spoken about this experience of migration and the knowledge it has given her work in her work with unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She worked as clinical lead for the UASC health project in Kent to support the local authority and health colleges to meet the needs of this vulnerable group of children and developed an emotional health and wellbeing early intervention framework. She has worked for NGO organisations as a consultant in Malawi. Sierra Leone and Ecuador.

Nick Watts
Papers, please? Supporting migrant children and their families to challenge oppressive legislation, policy and practice using a rights-based, radical approach.

Migrant children and their families who are subject to immigration control face numerous additional challenges to their wellbeing, particularly in considering how decisions are made by bodies such as the Home Office and how support is provided by Local Authorities. This oppression has devasting consequences on the safety, belonging and identity of these children. This presentation will consider how Together with Migrant Children’s approach of a right’s based and radical framework improves this vulnerable group’s wellbeing through rights promotion, robust challenge using rights legislation and a reframing of social issues rooted in structural oppression.

Nick Watts is the Co-founder and Director of Together with Migrant Children, a charity founded in 2016 by social workers and children’s practitioners who met in Calais in the ‘Jungle’. The charity aims to promote young people’s belonging, identity and safety through rights-based and radical practice, providing assessment, long term family support, safeguarding and help through destitution.

Oliver Briggs
Exploring identity through art education

‘My Margate’ engaged six young Romany teenagers in an eight week project that aimed to explore their identity and culture specifically located in Margate. The group explored these themes through music and video culminating in an exhibition at Turner Contemporary, Margate. The presentation discusses the project, evaluates the benefits of this approach and suggests future directions for similar projects.

Oliver Briggs, FRSA, is Director of Arts Education Exchange, a community organisation that provides creative education programmes for marginalised and vulnerable young people living in Thanet, East Kent.

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