Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  • Wednesday, 06 July 2022
  • Manchester Hall
  • 08:45 - 15:15
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  • Overview

All around the world people are leaving their homes to flee from conflict and oppression, most notably in recent times from Syria, Afghanistan, and Ukraine. The UK has a traditionally been seen as a place of safety, offering sanctuary to refugees and asylum seekers and it is expected that the numbers arriving will steadily increase in the months to come.

Public services, supported by the third sector, are responsible for not only providing the basic needs for these people, such as housing, benefits, education, health and wellbeing etc, but also offer the specialist support unique to migrant’s circumstances.

The ‘Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ conference will guide delegates through the intricacies of accepting displaced people into the UK and highlight the practical and emotional assistance they require as they come to terms with their resettlement status.

The conference agenda will provide guidance and information as to how to deliver the immediate and long-term needs for people arriving in the UK, offering examples of best practice which are proving to be making a difference.

Are you responsible for providing services or work with refugees and asylum seekers?

Within your role, would you benefit from greater insight as to how to offer improved support or would you like to receive a greater understanding of the bigger picture?

Register today to attend the timely and highly relevant ‘Supporting Refugees and Asylum Seekers’ conference and join the mission to improve the plight of those most in need.

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Special Offer

In partnership with Embrace Resilience we are offering all delegates a package of free e-learning courses worth £60 when you register for this event.

These courses are used widely across health, and care sectors. and meet CQC requirements for training and development. In addition to the courses, delegates will have free access to download a toolkit including planners and journals to help with their own personal resilience.

We will send a list of courses from which you can select your free 5 course package after you register.

  • Confirmed Speakers

Event Supporters

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address


Opening Keynote Address

  • Duncan Wells, Head of Resettlement Organisation, Refugee Council (confirmed)
"Refugees and Asylum Seekers- The UK’s Policy and Commitment"

Citizens from around the world are being forced to flee from conflict and seek safety in foreign countries. What part is the UK playing in accepting and supporting these displaced people?

  • Dr Aisha Awan, GP and Clinical Lecturer , University of Manchester and Director of Refugee and Asylum Seekers Centre for Healthcare Professionals Education (REACHE Northwest) (confirmed)
"On Arrival and Beyond-Dealing with the Trauma and Emotional Impact"

Migrants have often experienced extreme trauma before being forced to flee their country. The resulting psychological impacts are further compounded by difficult and dangerous migration journeys and the challenges of re-settlement and integration.


Sharing Best Practice

Jonathan Cox, the Deputy Director, Citizens UK (invited)

"Acting as a Community Sponsor"

King’s College London is working with Citizens UK bring hundreds of Ukrainian refugees to Britain in a groundbreaking scheme combining sanctuary with education.


Question & Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Coffee in the Networking Area

  • Megan Greenwood, Schools of Sanctuary Coordinator, City of Sanctuary UK (confirmed)
"Schools of Sanctuary: Supporting and Promoting Welcome for All People Seeking Safety"

In this short presentation, Megan will give an overview of the Schools of Sanctuary programme and its value and importance for schools and people seeking sanctuary, drawing on real-life examples from the some 340 schools across the network.


Kendra Schneller, Homeless and Inclusion Health Project Lead, Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) (invited)

"Specialist Guidance for Health Professionals"

This session will provide healthcare practitioners with advice and information to support their professional practice when dealing with migrants arriving in the UK. 


Sharing Best Practice

  • Liz Maddocks, Integration & Partnerships Officer , Migration Yorkshire (confirmed)
"Promoting Successful Integration"
  • Dr. Tinuola Gunwa, CAMHS Run Through Trainee, Dorset University NHS Trust/West London NHS Trust (confirmed)
"The Best of Both Worlds"

My lived experience as an unaccompanied minor asylum seeker.


Question & Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area


Chairs Afternoon Address

"Supporting Unaccompanied Children"

Separated children have to flee their homelands because of war, terror or persecution. They arrive in strange countries, seeking asylum, completely alone and with absolutely nothing. This presentation will explore the complex needs of separated children and young people and the part that organisations can play in supporting them, keeping them safe, and helping them to grow and thrive.


  • Katie Fawcett, Network Development Co-ordinator , NACCOM (confirmed)
"Pathways to Ending Destitution for People with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF)"

The No Accommodation Network (NACCOM) is a UK-wide network of member organisations working towards bringing an end to enforced destitution for people subject to No Recourse Public Funds (NRPF), specifically through the development of accommodation models. NACCOM also campaigns for change around immigration and asylum policies that make people destitute.

This presentation will highlight the impact of NRPF and by taking a deeper look into the NACCOM network's wealth of good practice, will show how the provision of a safe and stable place to stay, combined with vital support, is bringing about real change and contributing effectively to developing collective pathways out of destitution.

Impact Report 2021 - NACCOM



Sharing Best Practice

  • Steve Duffy, Head of Placement Programme , RefuAid (confirmed)
"Supporting the Recruitment of Skilled Healthcare Refugees"

The staffing shortages in the NHS have been well documented for years. These shortages were exposed and exacerbated to devastating effect during the Covid-19 pandemic. As all levels of the healthcare system attempt to find solutions to fill these gaps, there are thousands of highly skilled refugee healthcare professionals unemployed or underemployed in the UK. In this presentation, RefuAid addresses how to make successful recruitment programmes for skilled healthcare refugees, and what NHS trusts and employers can do to help.


Question & Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Sharing Best Practice

Smira Javed, Health Improvement Practitioner, Looked after Children Service (Newham) (confirmed)


Speaker TBC


Question & Answer Session


Chair's Closing Remarks and Event Close

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  • Gain an overview of the current situation for those fleeing conflict and oppression and their immediate needs for support
  • Understand the UK ‘s national and local policy and where the burden of responsibility to lies in supporting refugees and asylum seekers
  • Appreciate what it means to be a displaced person who is seeking sanctuary
  • Learn how traumatic events impacts on mental health and wellbeing and how to engage with people suffering with PTSD
  • Listen to examples of best practice of effective programmes that are making a difference to the lives of refugees
  • Hear from educators who are supporting refugee children to return to schooling in an environment conducive to learning
  • Receive the latest guidelines in the delivery of healthcare
  • Discover the dangers for unaccompanied children such as exploitation and trafficking and how to safeguard them from further risk
  • Improve your insight, skills and professional practice in working with asylum seekers and refugees
  • Explore the options for providing accommodation for the increasing numbers of people seeking safety in the UK
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow professionals
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Gain the maximum number of 8 CPD points.
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  • Who will attend

Contact Details



Manchester Hall

Manchester Hall

Manchester Hall is the first boutique Manchester conference venue for business meetings. We provide a personal service to ensure that every aspect of your meeting fits your requirements perfectly. We also have all of the technical equipment that you may require and all of our suites have AV facilities. We will make every effort to accommodate other specific requests too. From the Goulburn Lodge Room with its wealth of original Freemasons’ features to the more intimate Study thats size and shape is ideal for smaller business meetings, we offer rooms for every type of meeting.

The Grade II listed building lies at the gateway to Spinningfields, the city’s thriving business and professional quarter, making it the ideal location for a Manchester conference venue and your business needs. We are easily accessible from Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Victoria stations. Alternatively, you can get a tram to nearby Deansgate Castlefield tram station. With our city centre location, we are also a great location for delegates travelling to Manchester via the airport, with excellent public transport and taxi links.

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who will attend

Chief Medical Officers
Clinical/Medical Directors
Directors/Heads of Adult Social Services
Directors/Heads of Children and Young People’s Services
Directors/Heads of Public Health
Heads of Charities/Third Sector Organisations
Heads of Housing Team
Heads of Mental Health and Learning Disability Teams
Health and Wellbeing Board members
Social Workers
14-19 Partnership Teams
Academics and Researchers
Allied Health Professionals
Asylum and Immigration Officers
Benefits Officers
Chairs of NHS Trust Board
Chief Constables
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practitioners
Child and Educational Psychologists
Child Protection and Safeguarding Teams
Child Protection Officers
Children’s Health Service Professionals
Children’s Services Officers
Director/Heads Adoption and Fostering Agencies
Director/Heads Connexions and Jobcentre Plus
Director/Heads Employment and Training Services
Director/Heads Homelessness Teams
Director/Heads Local Education Authorities

Director/Heads Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
Director/Heads Supported Housing Teams
Director/Heads Welfare Rights Organisations
Directors / Heads of Nursing
Directors/Heads of Housing Associations
Early Years and Childcare Practitioners
Education and Welfare Officers
Education Providers
Education/Training and Development Managers
Equality and Diversity / Inclusion ManagersWorkers
Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Practitioners
Extra Care Housing Managers/Homecare
General Practitioners and Teams
Housing Services Management Team Leads
Local Authority Officers
Mental Health Practitioners
Neighbourhood Officers/Managers
Principal Officers – Health and Housing
Residential Children’s Home Managers
School Nurses and Health Visitors
Schools, Colleges and Further Education Providers
Strategic Planning and Commissioning Teams
Teachers and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
Youth Inclusion Teams