Refugee Council welcomes new website for those working with refugee children - Refugee Council
February 13, 2006

Refugee Council welcomes new website for those working with refugee children

A new website that provides information for those working with refugee children has been launched by the Home Office.

The website will highlight the work of the National Refugee Integration Forum (NRIF), which was established to bring together representatives from both the public and voluntary sectors to explore practical ways of improving refugee integration.

The first section of the website to go live covers educational issues and has been developed through a close collaboration between members of
the Home Office, the education sub-group of the NRIF and the Department for Education and Skills.

The Refugee Council has welcomed the launch of the website, recognising the ongoing commitment to improving the integration of refugees into our society.

Maeve Sherlock, Chief Executive of the Refugee Council said:

“After all the upheaval and trauma refugees have faced, it is important that we do all we can to help them rebuild their lives in the UK. This new website should help those who work with refugees and refugees themselves to understand and to overcome some of the difficulties of integration.

“All the evidence shows that given a bit of help at the start, refugees go on to make a huge contribution to British life. Many refugee children do very well at school and become high achievers. But that only happens when parents, teachers and other professionals understand their needs and help them to fulfill their potential. Through this website the process of sharing information and spreading good practice will be improved and that is something the Refugee Council very much welcomes.”

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See also:
National Refugee Integration Forum (NRIF) Education section
This website provides information, guidance and examples of good practice to support the integration of refugee children. It should be of interest to all professionals working in educational settings.