According to data published by the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, there were 89.3 million people forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2021; with an estimated 36.5 million of these people being children under the age of 18 years old. Furthermore, additional data from UNHCR highlights that 1.5 million children were born as refugees, with an average of 350,000 – 400,000 children born into a refugee life per year between 2018 and 2021.
Founded in 1998, Refugee Week is a partnership project coordinated and managed by Counterpoints, and has become a growing global movement dedicated to celebrating the contributions and resilience of refugees. Its aim is to deliver an opportunity for refugees and asylum seekers to be seen and listened to by their local communities and the wider world. In doing so, Refugee Week encourages the dissemination of information to educate and raise awareness of the reality of refugee experiences.
This Refugee Week (20 – 26 June), we encourage you to explore the learning opportunities available on our website, and to share with your networks.
We have gathered a range of FREE learning resources from leading academics, clinicians, and researchers to raise awareness this Refugee Week.
Adverse Childhood Experience Special Interest Group and Forum
- Anyone can now join our Adverse Childhood Experiences Special Interest Group (ACEs SIG), and be part of the ACEs SIG Forum completely free! Find out more here.
- NEW Podcast with Dr. Tina Rae ‘Supporting Child Refugees in Educational Settings’
- NEW Podcast with Professor Panos Vostanis ‘WACIT; Refugee Mental Health and the Impact of Trauma’
- NEW Podcast with Dr. Hayley Rajpal ‘Therapeutic Engagement with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’
- Podcast with Professor Mina Fazel ‘Child refugee mental health needs’
- Podcast with Dr. Stephanie Lewis ‘The contribution of complex trauma to psychopathology and cognitive deficits’
Lectures, talks, and discussions
- NEW Recorded Lecture ‘Exploring the experiences of care networks providing therapeutic support to Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Minors’ with Dr. Hayley Rajpal
- Recorded Webinar ‘Military conflict and its impact on children’, with Professor Dennis Ougrin, Professor Rachel Calam, Professor Mina Fazel, and Professor Andrea Danese
- Recorded Webinar ‘The future of research on Adverse Childhood Experiences: a panel discussion’, with Megan Briggs, Susan Cooke, Gill Wylie, Dr. Kirsten Asmussen, Dr. Arnon Bentovim, Dr. Rebecca Lacey and Dr. Jessie Baldwin
- Recorded Webinar ‘Predicting Complex PTSD in Foster Care – CAMHS around the Campfire’ with Dr. Rachel Hiller, Professor Helen Minnis, Andre Tomlin, Douglas Badenoch, and Dr. Stephanie Lewis
- A collection of FREE Trauma, PTSD, and Complex Trauma Research Digests, containing content from ACAMH’s three main academic outputs the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal, and JCPP Advances.
- Expert Perspective ‘Are ACE scores useful for identifying individuals at risk of health problems?’ by Dr. Jessie R Baldwin and Professor Andrea Danese
Open Access papers from ACAMH journals
- JCPP Commentary ‘Deepening understanding of refugee children and adolescents using Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological and PPCT models – A Commentary on Arakelyan and Ager (2020)’. (2021) Hayes, S. W.
- JCPP Annual Research Review ‘A multilevel bioecological analysis of factors influencing the mental health and psychosocial well-being of refugee children’. (2020) Arakelyan, S., & Ager, A.
- CAMH Review ‘Cultural adaptations to psychosocial interventions for families with refugee/asylum-seeker status in the United Kingdom – a systematic review’. (2022) Taylor, A., Radford, G., & Calia, C.
- CAMH Editorial Perspective ‘Mental health of young asylum seekers and refugees in the context of COVID-19’. (2022) Hodes, M.
- Advice on the Mental health of asylum seekers and refugees, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists
- How to support refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people who have experienced trauma, by Dr. Sarah Davidson MBE, from the UK Trauma Council (UKTC) (2021)