Skip navigation

Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Providing Emotional First Aid for Refugees, Second Annual Conference

Monday 22 May 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Mental Health Support for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Providing Emotional First Aid for Refugees, Second Annual Conference
Book online now

Follow the conference on Twitter #RefugeeMentalHealth

A Joint Conference Healthcare Conferences UK & The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Since 2005 the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has run a specialist CAMHS service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers offering a range of individual, family, group and community interventions. Over the course of the last year the service has seen an acute rise in referrals particularly of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) following the dismantling of the “Calais jungle” in October 2016 by the French authorities. Through the closure of the camp, The Home Office estimates there are up to 400 young people from countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Kuwait’s stateless Bidoon community that have become resettled in the UK.* The increase in demand for our services has led to new ways of working including the development of psychosocial interventions in association with voluntary providers. 

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child defines unaccompanied minors and unaccompanied children as those "who have been separated from both parents and other relatives and are not being cared for by an adult who, by law or custom, is responsible for doing so." Providing secure long term placements and relationships are difficult at the best of times. There are particular difficulties with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children brought about by their age and circumstances and in particular decisions on their asylum claim including a refusal. In one study (Sinclair, Baker, Lee, & Gibbs, 2007), 40% of placements had lasted for less than 6 months.

The impact upon our services, and the complexity of the trauma these young people present demands a very high level of resilience and management supervision.  This is echoed by colleagues in other services nationally, approaching the Tavistock for guidance and training support for their front line staff confronting the same issues. The service works closely with cultural advocates and interpreters running community outreach programmes for Afghani, Congolese, Somali and other communities

These thematic issues, including pathways to appropriate mental health support and access to health care needs for refugees, are to be explored in detail throughout the conference programme we have developed with a collaborators including MIND, the Refugee Council and Médecins du Monde.

* https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/17/refugee-children-britain-calais-resettlement-uk

 

Also of interest

Improving the Physical Health of Adults with Severe Mental Illness
Friday 24 March 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services
Tuesday 25 April 2017
De Vere West One
London
Book
Improving Mental Health Crisis Care
Friday 28 April 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
DIGITAL IAPT 2017 Disrupting IAPT: can digital pathways 'change the game'?
Monday 8 May 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Medically Unexplained Symptoms /Somatic Symptom Disorder National Summit 2017
Wednesday 10 May 2017
The Studio Conference Centre
Birmingham
Book
Service User Experience in Mental Health
Friday 12 May 2017
De Vere West One
London
Book
Book
Dual Diagnosis: Implementing the NICE Guidance
Monday 5 June 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Book
Book
Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Monday 19 June 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
IAPT: Improving Psychological Therapies for Older People
Monday 19 June 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Book
Achieving the 5 Year Forward View in Perinatal Mental Health Services
Monday 3 July 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Eating Disorders Summit: Implementing the new NICE guidelines
Monday 3 July 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
The Mental Capacity Act Masterclass
Monday 10 July 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Book
Learning from Outstanding Mental Health Services
Monday 17 July 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
Self Neglect and Adult Safeguarding
Monday 25 September 2017
De Vere West One
London
Book
Masterclass: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Tuesday 12 December 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre
London
Book
ACPBASWChild Bereavement UKNCSPsychotherapy ExcellenceRefugee CouncilRefugee Support NetworkTavistock NHS
GGI (Good Governance Institute) accredited conferences CPD Member ASGBI (Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland) professional partner BADS (British Association of Day Surgery) accredited conferences