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Refugee Children and Mental Health Masterclass


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About the day
There is increasing service, public and media attention on the complex needs of refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people, including unaccompanied minors. There is also awareness that improving their mental health is relevant to a range of universal, targeted and specialist services. Most agencies and practitioners regularly come across refugee children in their generic role, while some predominantly or exclusively work with this group. Yet, despite this demand for psychosocial support and mental health interventions, there is still relatively limited knowledge on how practice skills can best be adapted to refugee children, which interventions are effective and culturally appropriate, and how agencies can improve mental health outcomes. By attending this masterclass, you will relate your practice experience to other agencies in the field, link to policy and evidence, consider engagement and assessment strategies, develop interventions in relation to your role, and improve joint working.

Who should attend
This day would be beneficial to all those working within child refugee services or those who have a strong interest in the topic of child refugee mental health. The aim of the day is to enable discussions to develop around the different stages of the CAMHS journey for refugees and giving the attendees an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in other sectors.

About the Speaker
Professor Panos Vostanis

Panos is Professor of Child Mental Health at the University of Leicester and Visiting Professor at University College London. Panos has published extensively on the impact of trauma on child mental health, evaluation of interventions and services for traumatized children, including those living in conflict settings. Other research includes school mental health and service evaluation.
Panos is currently involved in several projects with NGOs and academic centres in Asia, Africa and Latin America as part of the World Awareness for Children in Trauma programme (www.wacit.org). He has longstanding clinical experience with vulnerable children, young people and families, i.e. in care, homeless, adopted, refugees, and young offenders.

Learning outcomes and key takeaways:
Knowledge of current evidence and advances in the field.
Skills in engaging refugee children and establishing their mental health needs.
Awareness of different cultural, community and agency perspectives.
Planning needs-led and integrated interventions.
Improving care pathways, inter-agency working and service delivery.