Seminars, training and public awareness

Toolkits, training resources and useful organisations

One of the issues for professionals and students exposed to working with asylum seekers and refugees is their need to be trained to understand the particular problems they are likely to experience and to know what services are available. In this section of the online resource hub, seminars and events are organised for students and staff from the voluntary and statutory sectors to learn together, share information and establish networking. The online resource hub also encourages organisations to submit the information they wish to share with others.  

Refugee Toolkit – Supporting refugee young carers and their families

This is a good practice resource designed to enable all service providers to stay informed about the needs, rights and entitlements of refugee and asylum seeker young carers and their families and to carry out effective and appropriate signposting and joint working. Using this resource will help ensure asylum seeking and refugee families have better access to appropriate and responsive support.

Developed by The Children’s Society Family Health Inclusion Project and funded by the Department of Health, this is a tool for all adult and children’s services practitioners, and education, health and other agencies in contact with refugee and asylum seeking families.  In particular professionals working with families affected by ill health and disability and where there are young carers will find this useful.

NRPF Network (2010), Guidance for local authorities: Assessing and supporting victims of domestic violence who are from abroad and have no recourse to public funds.

NRPF Network provides additional guidance for local authorities in assessing whether they have a duty to support people who are subject to immigration control, who are victims of domestic violence and have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

Separated Children in Europe Programme (SCEP): The Statement of Good Practice

The Statement of Good Practice has been drawn up by SCEP in order to provide a straightforward account of the policies and practices required to implement and protect the rights of separated children in Europe. The Statement is principally informed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and two other documents UNCRC (2005) General Comment No 6, on the Treatment of Unaccompanied and Separated Children Outside Their Country of Origin and UNHCR's (1997) Guidelines on Policies and Procedures in dealing with Unaccompanied Children Seeking Asylum. The Statement of Good Practice has been translated into 24 different languages.

NRPF (No Recourse to Public Funds) network

  • A network of local authorities and partner organisations focusing on the statutory duties to migrants with care needs who have no recourse to public funds.
  • NRPF Network offers training for organisations working with migrants with no recourse to public funds. 

Refugee Councils in England, Wales and Scotland offer training courses for organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers. 

The training courses are up to date and cover a wide range of topics including: An introduction to asylum support, the therapeutic casework model, working with unaccompanied minors, supporting women affected by sexual violence and more. 

Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture offers training on working with the survivors of torture. The training is designed as an introduction for a variety of professionals that can build capacity within organisations to work effectively with torture survivors. They can also create bespoke training sessions.