Overview

The safety of refugees has come under significant strain in recent years. Recent policy developments have led to the closure of 50 Asylum Hotels and organisations dedicated to safeguarding refugees are currently navigating a complex landscape, significantly influenced by recent legislative changes and an evolving global context. This landscape is notably marked by the introduction of the Illegal Migration Act in July 2023, raising concerns about access to asylum and the implications for those seeking refuge in the UK. This act, which bars individuals who arrive irregularly from presenting refugee protection or other human rights claims, represents a pivotal shift in the UK’s approach to asylum and refugee support. Despite these changes, charities local councils and schools have continued to make progress in providing comprehensive support for all refugees, aiding in linguistic and mental health provisions. This commitment to continuous and sustainable safeguarding has been pivotal in highlighting points of improvement and success in supporting those who are vulnerable. It has ensured programmes are updated and actions are taken to provide a carefully reinforced path for refugees.

  • According to the Refugee Council, while asylum seekers receive housing support from the Home Office, this assistance ends almost immediately after they are granted refugee status, leading to significant risks of homelessness and destitution.
  • The Refugee Council also reported a decline in the number of people receiving protection through resettlement schemes, with only 766 individuals granted such, a decrease of 45% from the previous year.
  • A 2023 report by the National Audit Office revealed that around 30% of local authorities in England were consistently failing to report data on homelessness related to the Homes for Ukraine scheme to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

Join us at The Safeguarding Refugees Conference 2024 to engage with the latest safeguarding initiatives and policies being implemented across organisations and councils to support and empower refugees. The conference will address key challenges, including providing accessible and inclusive healthcare to refugees and asylum seekers, specialised support for female refugees and providing safe and secure housing for refugees. This is a vital opportunity for cross-sector collaboration, to learn from experts, and to build upon innovative approaches to enhance safeguarding policies for refugees.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes on the latest initiatives at charities, councils, and schools from across the UK

✓ Learn from case studies showcasing best practice in protecting refugees from financial exploitation and physical abuse, training staff in safeguarding policy, and providing enhanced support through partnerships

✓ Network with senior colleagues from various sectors

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

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Agenda
  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Professor Nando Sigona, Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement, University of Birmingham (Invited)

  • Keynote: Developing Staff and Services to Enhance Outreach for Refugee Support

    • Implementing specialised methods to overcome language barriers and establish effective communication with refugees
    • Strategies for engaging local communities and refugee groups in a culturally sensitive and inclusive manner
    • Tips on engaging with homeless refugees to rebuild support structures
    • Engaging and training staff to provide a culturally aware environment with efficient techniques for wrap-around support

    Rosie Tapsfield, Active Inclusion Officer and City of Sanctuary Officer at Newcastle City Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Cultivating a Culturally Responsive Safeguarding Environment

    • Implementing policies that are sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of refugees and asylum seekers
    • Empowering staff with cultural competency training to understand and respect cultural differences
    • Techniques for overcoming language and cultural barriers to build and develop trust and effective communication
    • Methods for continually assessing and improving safeguarding policies to ensure they remain effective and culturally sensitive

    Maggie Filipova-Rivers, Local Authority Network Lead, City of Sanctuary (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Establishing Safe and Secure Housing for Refugees to Provide Stable Foundations

    • Insights into the difficulties refugees face in finding safe and secure housing to allow the implementation of effective programmes
    • Procedures to assist in securing stable housing, including collaboration with local authorities and housing agencies
    • Supporting transitional housing needs to secure independent living: key recommendations
    • Attracting policy changes and investment from regional and national bodies to prevent homelessness among refugees

    Claire Tugwell, Performance, Policy And Development Manager For Housing Inclusion, Greenwich Council (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Bridging Gaps in Refugee Healthcare to Create a Collaborative and Inclusive Approach

    • Insights into the impact of place and displacement to understand the specific mental health needs and challenges faced by refugees
    • Breaking the structural barriers that refugees face to develop and create an inclusive health service sensitive to cultural and linguistic needs
    • Sharing successful partnerships between health services, NGOs, and community groups to provide comprehensive care
    • Navigating systemic barriers including legal and policy obstacles to enhance the support and safety of refugees

    Hanna Kienzler, Professor of Global Health, Co-Director, ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, Kings College London (Invited)

  • Case Study: Empowering Refugee Women by Providing a Holistic Approach to Support and Engagement

    • Developing gender-specific support initiatives to provide legal advice, skill-building and mental health support
    • Combating gender-based violence and ensuring access to critical health services to overcome obstacles faced by women
    • Creating safe and inclusive spaces to allow the freedom to express oneself and connect with peers
    • Introducing initiatives for skill-building and advocacy, enabling active participation in their communities and decision-making processes
    • Sharing measurable outcomes of such programmes to help shape future goals and strategies

    Andrea Vukovic, Deputy Director, Women for Refugee Women (Invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Case Study: Mitigating Financial and Physical Exploitation and Abuse Through Active Community Engagement

    • Creating a welcome pack initiative to reduce refugees’ vulnerability to financial exploitation from the onset of their arrival
    • Utilising community integration events to create safe spaces and protect refugees from unwanted encounters
    • Strategies for empowering refugees through education and employment support to prevent workplace exploitation
    • Sharing advocacy work in raising awareness about the risks of exploitation to refugees and community members
    • Building collaborative efforts between charities, local authorities, and institutions to guarantee a coordinated response to refugee protection

    Selina Hales, CEO, Refuweegee (invited)

  • Case Study: Effective Safeguarding Practices for UASC to Enhance Their Safety and Well-being

    • Sharing the specific vulnerabilities and needs of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to create a safeguarding structure
    • Developing tailored safeguarding protocols to address the unique circumstances of each individual child and their experiences
    • Addressing the legal complexities and policy barriers, including age assessments and access to services
    • Reforming the support apparatus to encompass healthcare, education, and social integration for UASC

    Allison Ward, Consultant Paediatrician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Named Doctor for Safeguarding and Looked After Children, CNWL (Camden) NHS Foundation Trust, RESPOND clinical co-lead, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Enhancing Communication and Outreach for Refugee Safeguarding

    This session allows you to share your experiences in communicating and connecting with communities, partner organisations and refugees in creating sustainable safe environments. It’s an opportunity to explore various approaches to developing a coordinated effort in safeguarding refugees. You will learn from other’s successes and challenges, fostering a collaborative discussion environment in community building and refugee safeguarding.

  • Comfort Break

  • Keynote: Navigating Shifts in Policy and Public Dialogue: The Future of Refugee Safety

    • Addressing the effects of recent and future legislative changes to evaluate its impact on refugees’ rights and safety
    • Strategies to effectively respond to the challenges posed by the new legislation, with an aim to provide legal advocacy and public awareness for refugees
    • Tips on strengthening community and NGO alliances to protect refugees’ rights under the new legal framework
    • Sharing tactics for effective policy engagement and advocacy to mitigate the adverse effects of current and future policies and promote a fairer asylum system
    • Guidance on ensuring the UK’s responsibilities under international law are met to support refugees, ensuring their right to a fair and humane asylum process is upheld

    Steve Valdez-Symmonds, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International (Invited)

  • Keynote: Forging Collaborative Safeguarding Initiatives to Strengthen Refugee Protection

    • Insights into creating multi-agency collaboration for comprehensive refugee safeguarding
    • Techniques to identify and address potential gaps in the safeguarding process to ensure no refugee falls through the cracks
    • Implementing adaptable and responsive safeguarding models to meet the diverse and changing needs of refugees
    • Approaches for engaging with refugees to foster empowerment and community integration

    Genevieve Caston, Director, RAI UK Programmes, International Rescue Committee (CONFIRMED)

     

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Summary and Close

    *Programme subject to change

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Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors. Delegates interested in this event will be people who work to safeguard refugees.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

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