Introduction to Working with Separated Children

Course overview
Separated children are some of the most vulnerable children in society. Many of the issues relating to working with them will be common to those who have experience of working with other vulnerable children.  However, some of the issues specific to immigration and the asylum process, and some of the experiences of these children, are likely to be less familiar. This course, aimed at Social workers, will bring these two aspects together, explaining some of the background issues these children have faced and the processes they go through once in the UK, also exploring how best to respond to some of the difficulties they may be facing.

Aims and objectives
Participants will gain knowledge of relevant legal and support processes and examine the implications of these for the care and protection of these young people. By completing this one-day course participants will have a practical understanding of:
  • Who separated children are
  • The asylum determination process and the roles of those involved
  • The legal and policy framework for support and care
  • Assessing the needs of separated children and planning for their support
  • Some of the common issues faced by separated children and those working with them