Action for Children grants Bradford nursery group's charity funding to pilot support programme for asylum seeking and refugee children
A charity run by a Bradford-based day nursery group will pilot a training programme designed to help childcare professionals across West Yorkshire work more effectively with refugee and asylum seeking children and their families, following a £10,000 grant from Action for Children.
The ‘Starting Again’ programme, which will be trialled initially in Bradford and Kirklees, is designed to support adults working with asylum-seeking and refugee children and their families.
Themes include the exploration of how childhood experiences affect emotional well-being, and understanding how the impact of trauma on children and families can affect children and families and the best way to support them
Esther Burke, development coordinator at The Children’s Place Foundation, commented on the need to introduce such programmes across Yorkshire. She said:
“It is vital that those working on the front line receive as much support as possible to sensitively support the growing numbers of refugee and asylum seeking children and families settling in Yorkshire.
“We have designed the Starting Again programme to equip anyone who works with children in a professional capacity with clear guidance around emotional wellbeing for asylum seeking and refugee children in early childhood, plus information to promote awareness, engagement and support for those who have potentially experienced trauma.”
Children’s Place Foundation will launch the pilot programme at an event at the Holiday Inn, Brighouse between 1.30 – 4.30pm on Tuesday 26 September.
The event will introduce the programme and highlight the issues that refugee and asylum seeking families are currently facing, as well as providing details on how to access the Starting Again programme.
Speakers from organisations working with refugee and asylum seeking families across Yorkshire, including Action for Children and Volunteers Together Kirklees, will be presenting and answering questions.
Tickets can be booked by visiting https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/starting-again-supporting-refugee-and-asylum-seeking-families-tickets-37489134009?aff=es2.