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CoramBAAF call for professionals and carers to share their experiences of supporting separated migrant children during Covid-19

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CoramBAAF are proud to be partners in an UK wide study Supporting separated migrant children to thrive during COVID-19. The study, conducted in partnership with the University of Stirling, the Scottish Guardianship service and Terre des Hommes, examines how separated children (aged 12 -18), experience the COVID-19 crisis and how it has impacted on their connectivity to networks and services. The aim is to identify how social, legal and educational services have adapted to meet their needs and disseminate good practice. Findings will inform the development of a free online resource, comprising briefing and working papers and children’s work and commentaries.

Research methods include online interviews with children, their case workers and foster carers, Guardians, social workers, legal representatives, and English teachers alongside arts-based interventions which gives separated migrant children the opportunity to articulate their feelings, while developing English language skills. The intervention workshops are run by The Hands Up Project and involve artists, musicians, poets, and other creative professionals to assist young people in creating their own poem, music, rap or story that reflects their experience of the pandemic.

CoramBAAF will be holding focus groups in September across the UK with practitioners, policy makers and carers to explore similarities and differences of the findings of the whole project. If you are interested in taking part in this important work or can connect us to colleagues who are, please get in touch.

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