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New website to support asylum seeking, refugee and migrant families, 15/05/13 [W]

The Including Families Project, fund by the Big Lottery Fund works with Asylum Seeking, Refugee and Migrant families and communities to protect and safeguard children in migrant populations in Wales.   The Project raises awareness of and addresses the challenges faced by asylum seeking, refugee and migrant families living in Wales. 

Children in Wales will be (has) launching(ed)  the Including Families website to support and enhance the work of the project, by providing a range of multi-lingual on line resources for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, to inform and advise families, community organisations and  professionals who engage with asylum, refugee and migrant families about issues and concerns affecting these families and their children. 

The website is divided into 3 sections: multi-lingual pages for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Migrant Families and Communities, covering a range of information such as children’s safety, parenting, discipline, education, health and social care.  The second section contains information for professionals and practitioners on cultural awareness, bi-cultural parenting and cultural child protection issues.  There is also a section for communities and the general public, explaining the different terms used in relation to immigrant populations, addressing the myths that surround asylum seekers and refugees and promoting integration and social cohesion.

Including Families aims to increase the level of understanding, within  families, of their crucial role in their child’s safety, education, health and development and  child protection law and practice in Wales, such as the principles of ‘significant harm’.   The project achieves its aims through outreach work with community groups in the form of workshops, seminars and informal group sessions and promotes positive parenting approaches to support parenting and communication within families, enabling children to be safe and secure in their home environment and in the community. 

The project also provides training and workshops for professionals and practitioners in social care, health and education, to enable them to develop cultural competency, identify and address problems in bi-cultural parenting and deal with cultural abuses, such as female genital mutilation, honour violence and abuse based on religious beliefs.

The Project is also committed to working with educational establishments to inform  teaching for students in social care, health and education,  ensuring that front line staff have a full understanding of the specific child protection and safeguarding issues for asylum, refugee and migrant families and for this to become  integral to the training of all professionals. 

The website can be found at www.includingfamilies.org.uk

For further information on the Including Families Project, please contact info.ifp@childreninwales.org.uk