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YoungMinds Welcome

Our project to support the mental health needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children.

Project aim

To support the mental health needs of asylum seeking and refugee children.

Through YoungMinds Welcome, we aim to build skills and capacity within the children's services workforce and help professionals to support the most vulnerable young people.

By engaging various workforces across East Kent, Croydon and Teesside we are working towards practical changes within local systems to promote a more trauma informed approach.


Who's it for

YoungMinds Welcome is for foster carers, social workers, schools staff and any other professionals supporting asylum seeking and refugee children. The project is running in Kent, Croydon and the North East of England.

Project outcomes

As part of YoungMinds Welcome, we have been running a set of conferences and FREE training days for professionals who work with refugee and asylum seeking children and young people. In early 2018 we ran conferences in Kent and Croydon and subsequently have been providing free training courses across the 2 areas. These training days focus on supporting the mental health needs of asylum seeking and refugee children. We recently ran a conference in Teesside and we are now taking bookings for training in the North East.

YoungMinds Welcome Teesside Conference
On 13th February we ran a conference in Middlesbrough.  This was an opportunity to hear from hear from national and local specialist speakers, gain insight and expertise in our workshops, 
network and share learning with other professionals and carers.  Participants attended workshops covering:

  • Practical skills for supporting children who have experienced trauma
  • Supporting the education and learning of asylum seeking and refugee children
  • Practical skills for supporting the resilience of asylum seeking and refugee children

The day was a great success with over 120 people attending from across the workforce in Teesside and the surrounding areas.

Upcoming Training

We are delighted to be able to offer professionals based in the North East a one day mental health course.  The training will be free for all participants and will focus on the mental health needs of asylum seeking and refugee children. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to mental health
  • Risk factors to mental health pre, during and post migration
  • Trauma and adverse childhood experiences
  • Practical tools to build resilience

We’re able to offer this training as both a multi-agency day for individual attendance or as an in-house training to whole organisations. In this instance our trainer is able to come into the workplace and train up to 20 members of staff - again at no cost.

We currently have the following dates scheduled for the multi-agency training in Teesside at the Jury’s Inn Hotel in Middlesbrough:

  • Monday 8th April 2019
  • Monday 29th April 2019

If you would like to attend one of these courses or you would like to enquire about training in-house please email [email protected]

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