About the project
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.
Who's it for
YoungMinds Welcome is for foster carers, social workers, schools staff and any other professionals who are supporting asylum seeking and refugee children across England.
The YoungMinds Welcome film shows the experience of an asylum seeking child, and young person, as they share their thoughts about what helped them during this difficult time in their life. You will also hear the experiences of a parent, teacher and a foster carer of asylum seeking and refugee children.
The voices and experiences in this film came directly from professionals we worked with or in our network, as well as participants on the YoungMinds Welcome training courses.
In this short leaflet, young people with asylum seeking and refugee experience share the key things that they need social workers, foster carers and schools to do to help and support them.
This resource was made to bring the voices, experiences and lens of young people with asylum seeking and refugee experience directly to those who support them, and was extracted from a focus group discussion.
Read what refugee and asylum seeking parents would like other adults to know in order to best support their children.
This insight came from the time we spent with refugee and asylum seeking parents, discussing ways in which they could support their children’s emotional well-being and mental health. During these sessions we asked the parents what they would like other adults to know in order to best support their children.
The Foster Carers Toolkit
The YoungMinds Welcome project recognises the importance of support for foster carers who look after refugee and asylum seeking children and young people. One key part of this project was to organise and run two groups for these carers, where they would have an opportunity for learning and development, but also to meet each other and draw upon peer support.
The learnings and experiences of these experienced carers have been collated to help support foster carers who want to care for refugee and asylum seeking young people.
Pupil engagement resilience activity
The purpose of the activity is to encourage pupil participation based on the resilience framework. Ideally, it would be run with a group of 8-15 pupils from Year 4 upwards.
This activity is to be done using our Resilience Cards. You can download the pdf cards, or purchase them from our shop.
Trauma informed practice
When meeting the experiences of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people, we need to consider a more trauma informed approach. Read our guide, which outlines the six principles we encourage you to develop in your practice.