Thursday 20 February 2020

Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery Summit

Refugees displaced from Syria

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Dispersal and Support Arrangements for Asylum Seekers

The Eradication of Modern Slavery

These are just some of the responsibilities that local authorities have in supporting migrants, asylum and refugee resettlement.  To date, approximately 450 vulnerable refugees have arrived in the region with councils pledging a further 500 places by 2020; 2850 asylum seekers are supported, and 65 UASC have arrived as part of the National Transfer Scheme out of a total of 300. 

Managing an effective and proportionate asylum and refugee resettlement programme remains a national priority – but one that can only be delivered in partnership with local authorities and community organisations.  In the East Midlands, local authorities continue to be at the forefront in the management and delivery of these programmes.  There have been challenges but the progress achieved to date has been testament to a collective approach in this region. 

This Summit will give delegates the opportunity to:

  • Enable us to learn from innovative and effective practice.
  • Consider local priorities and responses in the future management of these programmes. 
  • Explore the economic and social impact of migration for communities within the region and what does the future hold?
  • Understand local capacity and impact on local government in respect of refugee programmes, economic and social impact and modern slavery.
  • Put into sharp focus the scourge of modern slavery and how local government, statutory and voluntary agencies should respond - according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), globally there are 21 million people victims of modern slavery.  Estimates suggest there are 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK and the number of people identified as slaves continues to increase each year.


Asylum and Refugees in the East Midlands - An Overview

Cllr Heather Smith, Leader, Northamptonshire County Council

Cllr Smith will welcome delegates, set the scene for the day and provide of asylum and refugee resettlement in the East Midlands.

Asylum and Resettlement – A national view

Steve Kelly, Head of Local Authority Engagement, Resettlement, Asylum Support and Integration Directorate, Joint Unit; MHCLG, DfID and Home Office

Steve Kelly will provide a national perspective and overview of key asylum and refugee programmes.

Managing Asylum and Refugee Resettlement in the East Midlands

Cllr Sarah Russell, Leicester City Council

Cllr Russell will share a local authority perspective and explore the impact on councils. She will specifically look at Children’s Services as Deputy City Mayor in Leicester with responsibilities for Children, Young People's Services.

Responding to Health Needs

Anna Hiley, Assist Practice, Leicester

Anna Hiley, a GP at the Assist Practice in Leicester, will share with delegates the work of Assist, the key challenges it faces and the impact of new and emerging legislation. The Assist Practice is a specialist service providing healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers in Leicester.

Reflections of a Refugee

Rashid Al-Akkari

Rashid a Syrian Refugee, resettled as part of the Vulnerable Personals Resettlement Scheme in September 2016 will reflect on his experience.

Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion 

Meeting Housing Needs - Learning from the East Midlands

Amy Goulden, Nottingham City Council

Amy Goulden, Community Relations Team Leader, has led on delivery of the UK’s Resettlement Schemes for a partnership of authorities across South-East Nottinghamshire, and also manages dispersal of asylum seekers within Nottingham itself. Her presentation will consider accommodation and housing challenges arising from this work, and ways in which these challenges have been met. 

The Experience of Ashfield in Resettlement of Refugees

Rob Mitchell - Ashfield District Council

Rob Mitchell, Chief Executive of Ashfield District Council will share Ashfield’s experience of engaging with refugee resettlement for the first time. Rob’s presentation will focus on the roles played by community groups, ESOL and the local authority to support economic and social integration.

East Midlands ESOL Mapping Report Findings

Simon Feneley-Lamb, East Midlands Further Education College

Simon will share with delegate’s details of an East Midlands wide English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) mapping exercise.

ESOL Challenges and solutions - the Nottingham approach

Fiona Vale, BEGIN and Rachel Wadsworth, Nottingham College

Fiona Vale and Rachel Wadsworth will give an overview of the centralised approach of the BEGIN not-for-profit partnership to address ESOL challenges.

Panel Questions and Answers

Modern Slavery

Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner will focus on the work of the Commissioner to tackle modern slavery in the UK.

How Councils Should Respond

Cllr Alan Rhodes, Nottinghamshire County Council and LGA Lead for Abuse Exploitation and Modern Slavery

Cllr Alan Rhodes will provide details of the LGA’s work on Modern Slavery.

National Referral Mechanism

Anne Read, Director, Anti Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Salvation Army

Anne Read will provide details of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery, and the role of the Salvation Army to provide support for victims.

Rick Alton, Detective Chief Inspector, Derbyshire Constabulary

Working operationally as a Detective Chief Inspector in the Derbyshire Constabulary, Rick Alton will focus on the work of the Police.


Panel Questions and Answers

The programme will also provide an opportunity to hear directly from refugees resettled in the East Midlands.


The Asylum, Refugee Resettlement and Modern Slavery Summit is a fully subsidise event by East Midlands Councils and therefore free to attend.

Places are limited and EMC need to restrict no more than 2 bookings per organisation.

Who should attend this Summit?

  • Council Leaders, Lead Members: Children's and Adults
  • Chief Executives, Directors of Adult Social Services, Directors of Public Health, Directors of Children's Services
  • Housing Associations
  • FE Colleges and Adult Learning providers
  • PHE, NHS and CCGs
  • Police
  • LEPS
  • Voluntary and Community Sector
  • All Councillors and Officers interested in understanding the main issues in this area


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

Date and Time

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 10:00 – 15:30 (with registration form 9:30)

Summit Registration

To book a place please book online via the link below.

If you have any questions contact 01664 502 637 

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