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Including Families Project, 07/09/11 [W]

Children in Wales has secured 3 year funding from the Big Lottery Fund to run a new project working with Asylum seeking, Refugee and Migrant families to protect and safeguard children in those families.The Project will raise awareness and understanding of positive parenting methods to improve parenting and communication within families and keeping children safe and secure in their home environment.

This new project will build on previous work carried out by Children in Wales and the Welsh Refugee Council with Asylum and Refugee families, which was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  That project ran for two years and was aimed at improving child protection practices within the Welsh Refugee Council and  Refugee Community  Organisations, where professionals had identified a gap in knowledge and practice to address child protection within these organisations.

The new Including Families Project will take forward the learning from the work undertaken by Children in Wales and the WRC, to work more closely with asylum, refugee and migrant community groups to increase their knowledge and understanding of positive parenting practices.  This will involve increasing 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’. This will be achieved through outreach work with community groups in the form of workshops, seminars and informal group sessions   

Another aim of the project will be to provide a comprehensive range of resources, an on line toolkit and printed resources to inform and advise professionals who engage with asylum, refugee and migrant families about issues and concerns affecting these families and their children.  The on-line resource and electronic bank of information, which can be updated , will provide a lasting legacy beyond the lifetime of the Project.

A third strand of the Project is to inform training for students in colleges and universities, such as social work, health visitors and teachers,  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 project will also assist organisations to ensure that their policies relating to child protection and safeguarding take account of the needs of this vulnerable group.

The Project will be managed by the Including Families Development Officer at Children in Wales and if you would like further information or would like to be involved in the Project please contact Cheryl Martin by email:   cheryl.martin@childreninwales.org.uk or phone on 029 2034 2434.