At Dost, our overarching aim – the reason behind everything we do – is to improve the quality of life for young refugees and migrants, including children seeking asylum, victims of trafficking, undocumented children and those newly arrived in the country.
The most direct way we do this is by working one-to-one with the young people who seek our help, or are referred to us. We advocate for the best interests of each individual, while developing the strong relationships that define our approach, and allow us to provide emotional and social well-being support for every young person we work with. But our work doesn’t stop here.
We also engage practitioners, policy makers, the media and the public on issues that affect young refugees and migrants in order to bring about positive and lasting change in policy and practice. One of the ways we do this is by sharing our knowledge, through consultancy, presentations and training, on a range of issues relevant to those organisations who also work with young refugees and migrants.
Our most recent series of training sessions was with The Fostering Network, who invited us to deliver a workshop on New Arrivals: Supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking and separated minors to an audience of 70 foster carers, residential carers and social workers. The workshop covered topics including age assessments, common issues with the the asylum process and children’s mental health. All of those who attended said that the session gave them practical tools to better support the young people in their care and one supervising social worker said that the workshop had reinforced the importance of…
“…the need to be extra sensitive and child friendly when conducting the age assessment interview”
We delivered our second workshop for the Fostering Network in January and look forward to working with them again in future.
If you would like to talk to us about working with your organisation, please do get in touch. We can create bespoke training that meets your needs, as we did for the Fostering Network, and we also have individual presentations on:
- Age Assessments – Professional Considerations and Impact on Young People
- Asylum Process/ Uncertain Journeys
- Mental Health and Resilience with Separated Young People
- Dost’s 360 Approach
All of our consultancy and training work is underpinned by our approach and we aim to include input from our young people wherever possible, to ensure that the content remains up to date and relevant, and continues to engage the very people we are trying to serve.