Evaluating how best to support refugee and asylum seeking children and young people with their mental health

YoungMinds – Evaluation of the YoungMinds Welcome Programme

Evaluating how the children’s workforce can best support refugee and asylum seeking children and young people with their mental health through trauma-informed practice.

What we did

This programme intended to build capacity within the children’s workforce to use trauma-informed approaches to support refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people suffering from trauma, distress and mental health issues as a result of their personal experiences. The programme delivered the bulk of its activity in three areas: Kent, Croydon, and North East England.  The model takes a workforce development approach – focusing on the professionals including foster carers in young people’s lives.

We used the Kirkpatrick model to evaluate training programmes quantitatively complemented by observation of training sessions and interviews with foster carers.

What we learned

This programme intended to build capacity within the children’s workforce to use trauma-informed approaches to support refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people suffering from trauma, distress and mental health issues as a result of their personal experiences. The programme delivered the bulk of its activity in three areas: Kent, Croydon, and North East England.  The model takes a workforce development approach – focusing on the professionals including foster carers in young people’s lives.

We used the Kirkpatrick model to evaluate training programmes quantitatively complemented by observation of training sessions and interviews with foster carers.

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