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Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood
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CAH Staff / Foster Carers / Housing Association / Pre-Schools & Nurseries / Schools / Social Care Staff / Voluntary Sector Workers
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Course (daytime)
Course categories
Adopters and Foster Carers / Adult Social Care / Children and Young People / Equality and Diversity
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CS4 - Equality and Diversity / Professional Development
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General Adult Social Care
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Children's Social Care
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Equality and Diversity
Event description
Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees:  A 5-part course for Foster Carers, Social Workers and Teachers.

These 5 sessions will be spread out throughout 2019 from March until November.  They are being faciliated by Nese Davidson-Birch & Alison Clarkson Webb From Tamarisk Training.

Do you come into contact with refugees and asylum seekers in your work context, and struggle to know how best to help?
Are you caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people and want to follow best practice?
Are you confused by the rhetoric surrounding migraton and want to know some facts?
Are you concerned that your clients are getting lost in the maze of the UK asylum system?

This course may be what you are looking for.

About the Course:

We will start by exploring what it feels like to operate outside of your own culture, and to lose all that is familiar to you. From a positon of empathy we will then look at some fundamental ways in which cultures di?er from each other, which may give us insights into the behaviour of our clients. We will consider the bigger picture of global migraton to try to understand why refugees and asylum seekers might end up in South Gloucestershire, and what they may have experienced on their journeys. We will then zoom in to the details of the UK asylum system and how it works (or doesn’t work) both for adults and for children. We will map service provision for refugees in our area and how we can e?ectively signpost our clients. We will gather as a mult-disciplinary learning community to dialogue and learn together through a variety of simulations, games, discussions, case studies and other actvites on this highly interactive course.

About Us Tamarisk Training design and facilitate bespoke training events to promote intercultural awareness and understanding of issues facing asylum seekers and refugees. Nese Davidson-Birch and Alison Clarkson Webb have been running training together since 2016. Please find out more about us at Attendence is expected at each session, as the days will build on the previous one.

The sessions will run in the following order:

1. Culture Shock - 20th March
2. Hot and Cold Cultures - 22nd May
3. A Refugee's Journey - 10th July
4. The UK Asylum System - 18th September
5. Unaccompanied Children - 6th November

Learning outcomes

Culture Shock

By the end of this session you will have

Considered ways in which culture affects all of us
Empathised with people operating outside their home culture
Reflected on our own cultural expectations and biases
Assessed the usefulness of applying culture shock models to a refugee community

Hot and Cold Cultures

By the end of this session you will have

Viewed global cultures and their effects through a series of lenses.
Considered ways in which the cultures of refugees and asylum seekers differ from our own.
Practised identifying cultural differences in real life situations.
Considered some implications for your own role and clients.

A Refugees Journey

By the end of this session you will have

Analysed some myths of global migration
Empathised with people who have left their home countries and travelled to the UK, and the choices they have made
Considered the vulnerabilities of asylum seekers and refugees

The UK Asylum System

By the end of this session you will have

Distinguished between stages of the asylum process and defined common terms
Considered the needs of asylum seekers and refugees at various stages of the asylum process
Mapped service provision in our area and considered how to signpost our own clients

Unaccompanied Children

By the end of this session you will have

Looked at the asylum process as it relates to unaccompanied children
Considered the specific needs of unaccompanied and separated children
Noted the statutory duties of Children’s Services in the care of UASCs
Mapped voluntary sector service provision for UASCs in our area

Start Date
Wednesday 20 March 2019
End Date
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Closing Date
Wednesday 6 March 2019
09:30 - 13:00
Maximum Places
Certificate expiry
Pass/Fail event