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Facing the Abyss: Exploring the challenges for separated children seeking asylum as they turn 18

19/09/2012 (09:30-16:30)

Cost: £50 / £20 students or those from community/voluntary organisations.

Young people seeking asylum may attend for FREE.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book contact Liz Hudson

For more general information please contact Sue Clayton

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Hamedullah: The Road Home

This conference seeks to examine the experiences of separated children seeking asylum and the challenges faced by professionals supporting them, as they make the transition to adulthood in circumstances of extraordinary uncertainty.

Drawing on the perspectives of young people themselves, as well as mental health, legal and social work professionals, we will explore the issues within a human rights and social justice framework.

The conference aims to develop a network in order to consider the possibilities, including research funding, of collating information and tracking the outcomes for separated young people seeking asylum.

At the conference there will be a screening of Sue Clayton’s (Department of Media Arts) award-winning film Hamedullah: The Road Home and presentations from separated young people seeking asylum.

Speakers include:

Dr Maggie Atkinson: Children's Commissioner, England Judith Dennis: Refugee Council

Gillian Hughes: Tavistock Centre

Zubier Yazdani: Deighton Pierce Glynn Solicitors

Lisa Matthews: National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns

Syd Bolton: Refugee Children's Rights Project, The Coram Children's Legal Centre

Catherine Gladwell: Refugee Support Network

Kathryn Cronin: Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Sue Clayton: Filmmaker and Senior Lecturer, Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London

Anna Gupta (Chair): Head of Department of Social Work, Royal Holloway, University of London

A collaboration between the departments of Media Arts and Social Work, the Tavistock Centre and Refugee Support Network.


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