Wednesday 26 September 2018

Understanding the needs of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people


East Midlands Councils and the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF) are holding a one day event on understanding the needs of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people.

Aims and objectives

This training will examine the asylum and immigration processes that affect refugee children and young people. It will look at the various categories of young people including the difference between Dublin III and the Dubs amendment; and how care and support are provided to the different categories including unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) as well as dependents of asylum seekers.

The training will be as practical as possible and rely on day-to-day case work examples from current practice. Participants will receive an overview of the relevant law, policy and processes affecting asylum seeking and refugee children and young people.

Content of the day

The aim of the day is to provide participants with a greater knowledge and understanding of:

  • The local and national context of how children and young people come to be asylum seekers and refugees, and the different categories of young people
  • An overview of numbers and countries of origin
  • The asylum process for UASC and different types of immigration status
  • Naturalisation and British citizenship
  • Support for children who are UASC, dependents in families, and Dublin III cases
  •  Young people’s rights to access health care, education, and legal advice
  • The age assessment process and guidelines
  • Identifying and assisting victims of trafficking, including the NRM
  •  Case studies, and signposting to useful resources and organisations

Who should attend?

Front-line social workers, recently qualified social workers, support workers, and accommodation providers who work with refugee and asylum seeking young people.

The Trainers:

Naomi has worked at Refugee Forum since 2013, originally as a children and families worker before helping to set up the youth project in 2014. Before this Naomi worked for a wide variety of organisations within health, education, social care and charities, including working for The Children’s Society on a specialist project for UASC in Oxford. Naomi has qualifications in Occupational Therapy and teaching English, and is currently studying a post graduate diploma in child and adolescent mental health.

Liz is a qualified social worker working with children and YP in both voluntary and statutory settings for 17 years. For the past 6 years, Liz has worked with asylum-seeking and refugee children and YP, initially for Barnardo’s Counter Trafficking Service as an advocate. Liz began working for the Youth Project at NNRF 2016 and has taken the lead on running orientation sessions for newly arrived young people as well as providing direct case work and training.

Lisa has worked in the area of immigration and asylum law since 2009 at the Immigration Advisory Service, Sheffield Law Centre and Halliday Reeves Solicitors. Lisa joined the Nottingham Refugee Forum in August 2016 as manager of the Legal Project. Lisa is accredited at Level 3 Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). This is a vocational qualification allowing practitioners to represent in asylum, immigration and nationality matters to Upper Tribunal level.

Event Date

Thursday 2 November 2017, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm


Pera Business Park,
Nottingham Road,
Melton Mowbray,
LE13 0PB


***Buy one place, get a second free***

£175 + VAT for EMC Members

£225 + VAT for Non-members

Lunch and other refreshments are included.


Please book using the on-line booking form below.

Closing Date for bookings:

19th October 2017

Terms and Conditions

Please read Terms and Conditons re cancellation etc


For further details contact: Matt Clarke, UASC Policy Officer

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