What we do
We work across England to provide support to all Migrant children, young people and families. This includes asylum seekers and those granted refugee status, those subject to immigration control, undocumented migrants and migrants with other irregular status.
The charity is run by a small group of children's practitioners and a small team of volunteers. This includes social workers, youth workers, safeguarding practitioners and other professionals that work with children & families. Between us, we have a lot of experience supporting children, young people and families, delivering parenting advice, safeguarding children and providing therapeutic support and giving welfare advice.
We offer very flexible support to migrant children, young people and families to ensure that the children we work with have their rights met and are able to thrive and develop. All of our practice is underpinned by our practice values, with a commitment to human rights and anti-oppressive practice. We achieve this through our projects.
We understand that accessing support can be challenging and there can also be many cultural barriers to getting the right support that meets a family's needs. In addition, within the UK's hostile environment accessing support can mean legal barriers to safety. We have supported families with a variety of different needs and in a variety of different ways, including:
Providing family support, youth work, mentoring.
Supporting families with parenting advice and support.
Supporting families to stay safe, working with other agencies to safeguard children and young people.
Supporting parents to access the child maintenance service, applying for child benefit, help with budgeting, support accessing the right services for children, such as schools and children's centres.
Signposting to immigration advice and drop-in sessions.
Supporting unaccompanied child asylum seekers and those granted refugee status through mentoring, youth work, advice and casework.
Supporting asylum seeking families and those granted refugee status through family support, advice and casework.
Each package of support for a child, young person or family will be different, tailored to the needs identified and following an initial assessment.
We also provide some assessment work for immigration purposes, including for applications and appeals. We provide this only where a family is unable to get legal aid to instruct an independent to complete an assessment. We currently have a limited capacity for this work.
Migrant children destitution project
Our migrant children destitution project works with families and other non-profit agencies to ensure children who are at risk of destitution, severe poverty, homelessness or living in inadequate accommodation as a result of their immigration status are provided the right support. We work closely with partner agencies to co-ordinate support. The way we support families through this project includes:
Casework of families with No Recourse to Public Funds or those who fall within an 'excluded group'.
Specialist assessment and support work for destitute families in partnership with other agencies.
Supporting families to access support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 when they are destitute.
Supporting families to access specialist advice to make change of conditions applications.
Practical support for families, in conjunction with other agencies while families are suffering significant hardship.
Supporting in the safeguarding of children and young people who are at risk of destitution and homelessness.
Supporting children, young people and families to move on from destitution and homelessness through family support, youth work and sometimes, therapeutic support.
Providing activity days for children that we work with through this project to provide them with opportunities for learning, fun and play.
We have worked with Hackney Migrant Centre, Project 17 and other partners to produce a new guide for families accessing Section 17 support. This can be downloaded here.
Our outreach work involves working with partner agencies to bring advice, guidance and our support for families to community locations, easily accessible by the people that we work with. We currently run outreach sessions at:
Hackney Migrant Centre
We run an outreach session at Hackney Migrant Centre once a month. Access to this outreach session is through Hackney Migrant Centre, who will add a family to our session if they feel they require additional support. More information about Hackney Migrant Centre and their drop-in can be found here.
Greenwich Migrant Hub
We run an outreach session at Greenwich Migrant Hub once a month. Access to this outreach session is through Greenwich Migrant Hub, who will add a family to our session if they feel they require additional support. More information about about Greenwich Migrant Hub and the drop-in can be found here.
We run an advice and outreach session at Praxis, in Bethnal Green, once a month. This is not a drop-in session and you need an appointment. Please call us if you want to be seen at this session on 01865 528 658.
Families can contact us directly by phone or email to get initial advice if they are worried about something, or feel they need support. We can then offer initial advice, provide signposting to other services or discuss working with your family through one of our projects.
For practitioners and advisers
We can offer advice to advisers and practitioners on issues involving migrant children, young people and families. We can offer initial advice on a 'no names' basis, signposting or discuss a full referral into one of our projects. Practitioners can contact us directly by phone or email.