We were co-founded by Jane Goldsmid and Nick Watts in late 2016. We became a registered charity in Summer 2017. Our founding practice team met in the refugee camps in France whilst working out there and on return, we all felt like more should be done right here in the UK.
The project moved beyond what any of us could have expected and we now provide a range of support to children, young people and their families. We are a small yet rapidly growing charity, working in partnership with many organisations. We offer a nationwide service, although a lot of our work is focused in London.
We aim to:
- Improve the support received by migrant children and young people and develop practice that supports and empowers them overcome oppression. We do this through advocacy and challenge.
- Work holistically and bring together child & family practitioners from different disciplines to work together in the best interests of children and young people. We will use different approaches to create wrap around, intensive support.
- Work collaboratively and in partnership with other organisations and forge strong working links to ensure the best level of support for those who need it most.
- Advocate for children, young people and their families who have been oppressed and denied as the result of their immigration status.
- Provide culturally sensitive support in the UK to children, young people and families who are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. This includes advocating and supporting those with no recourse to public funds and providing support in settlement, adjusting to a new life, mentoring and family work - building strong, lasting support and community networks.
- Provide social and educational opportunities for young people through activity programmes. These are targeted at families experiencing destitution to ensure children who experience this have opportunities to play and enjoy.
- Enable those oppressed by their immigration status to tell their stories and ensure the voice of migrants is heard through campaigning.
We hope to achieve this through the projects that we run, working across the UK to specifically address the problems children, young people and families face who are oppressed as a result of their immigration status, through social work, youth work, play and advocacy, heavily informed by children's rights and our practice values.
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