Details of the day
- 27 February 2018
- 10:00am - 2:30pm
- Abbots Barton Hotel, 36 New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3DU (15 minute walk from Canterbury East station)
09.30 - 10.00: Registration
10.00 - 10.10: Introduction and Welcome
10.10 - 10.35: Speaker 1: Aqualma Murray, 'Practical skills for working with children who have experienced trauma'.
10.35 - 11.00: Speaker 2: Dr. John Simmonds, 'Creating a family life for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. Is this what foster carers do?'
11.10 - 11.25: Break
11.30 - 12.45: Workshop
12.45 - 13.30: Lunch
13.30 - 13.40: Welcome Back
13.40 - 14.05: Speaker 3: The voices of young people
14.05 - 14.30: Speaker 4: Rupinder Parhar, 'Separated and unaccompanied young people’s access to mental health services'.
Aqualma Murray will be delivering a talk on 'Practical skills for working with children who have experienced trauma'.
Aqualma delivers YoungMinds training on mental health and young people from BME groups. She has international experience in social work and has been in the social work field for over thirty years. She has worked with a wide range of client groups from varied ethnicity and ages. Aqualma started her career in the residential sector, working with disabilities and then specialising with young people in care including asylum seekers and refugees. She has worked in area offices as a child protection social worker and has specialised with children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse. More recently Aqualma has worked as a Local authority Designated Child Protection Officer (LADO) and a training and community partnership officer for a large London Local Authority, where she addresses allegations against professionals and ensures that faith and community groups are equipped to safeguard children in their care.
Dr. John Simmonds
Dr. John Simmonds will be delivering a talk on 'Creating a family life for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. Is this what foster carers do?'
Dr. John Simmonds is Director of Policy, Research and Development at CoramBAAF, formerly the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. He is a qualified social worker. He is currently responsible for CoramBAAF’s contribution to the development of policy and practice in social work, health, the law and research.
John’s recent research has focused on unaccompanied asylum seeking children in foster care with the Universities of York and Bedfordshire, a study of 100 women adopted from Hong Kong into the U.K. in the 1960s with the Institute of Psychiatry and a DfE funded study on Special Guardianship with York University.
John sits on the Adoption Leadership Board and was an advisor to the Fostering Stocktake.
He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list 2015.
Rupinder Parhar will be delivering a talk on 'Separated and unaccompanied young people’s access to mental health services'.
Rupinder is a policy officer at The Children’s Society with a particular focus on migration, asylum, trafficking and children’s rights. She is currently working on research looking at the mental health needs of separated and unaccompanied children, as well as the current provision of services available to them. The Children’s Society supports refugee and migrant children and their families through its frontline services, specialist research, policy influencing and lobbying work.